Unfortunately, my experience of this movie didn't quite work out that way. But I'm gonna blog about it anyway because:
1) It's a Must Watch movie for a lot of peeps (just ask Oscar voters) - and I hope some of its fans will give us some insight into why in the comments.
2) The only other movies I've seen recently fitted the bill even less: The Impossible was far too traumatic, Gangster Squad turned out to be shallow, overstylised, gratuitously violent, testosterone-overloaded crap (although Ryan Gosling does look mighty sexy in a zoot suit) and while I adored Seven Psychopaths it's not really a Pink Heart kinda deal.
3) Love it or hate it, Les Mis does still have Hugh Jackman in it!
But frankly that is where my admiration for this film ends... After two and a half hours of sing-talking (much of the musical score sounded very repetitive to me - and the libretto even more so) that felt like ten, being beaten over the head with the intense melodrama of Victor Hugo's story of poverty and redemption, love and death (a LOT of death), war and revolution set against the backdrop of post-Revolutionary France, I was ready to run screaming from the cinema... And not in a good way. And don't even get me started on the 'light relief' offered by Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen's pantomime villain inn-keepers....
But enough about me. Because obviously this is just my opinion. During the screening I went to there were some inappropriate laughs - particularly in the sewer scene - and yet also a rousing round of applause at the end. Clearly Les Miserables is a Marmite Movie.... So I'm opening this Must Watch Friday slot to a discussion. What did you think? Are you a died-in-the-wool devotee? Did you think it was more Emperor's New Clothes than Emotional Tour-de-force? Are you keen to give it a go? Or would you rather saw off your toes than pay for a ticket?
What does Les Misérables do for you? The Pink Heart Society wants to know.
Heidi's currently putting the finishing touches on her second book for Harlequin Kiss. Her first, Too Close for Comfort, will be out in May in the US, which is a linked book to her last Presents Extra One Night So Pregnant. And she is part of the cool Entangled anthology Baby It's Cold Outside with fellow authors Kate Hardy, Aimee Carson and Amy Andrews. For more info on her and her books check out her website, her FB page, or her blog.