Les Miserables

“Les Miserables” represents a modern continuation of an ancient and venerable form, the musical. For decades, indeed since the infancy of sound pictures, Hollywood was cranked out thousands of musicals, culminating in the great age of MGM vehicles starring such greats as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers. Following in the footsteps of such classics as “Singin’ in the Rain”, “Oklahoma!”, “The Sound of Music”, and such modern giants as “Chicago” and “Mama Mia”, “Les Miserables” quickly shot to the top of the seasonal blockbuster list. This classic, well worn, Victor Hugo tale truly captured the attention and devotion of movie goers all across the globe.

Of course, this latest adaptation of Victor Hugo’s immortal tale of class warfare and mistaken identity is well known to the public at large. It has been adapted for the silver screen many times since the dawning of the medium back in the early 20th century. And it has recently been known and loved the world over as a mega successful Broadway play. So, for this latest Hollywood treatment, the quick thinking minds of the industry knew that it needed to ramped up with guaranteed star power. And the powers that be delivered in spades. “Les Miserables” boasts Hugh Jackman, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, and more.

In addition to its hotly anticipated and well deserved nomination as Best Picture, “Les Miserable” has also managed to garner a nomination as Best Actor for leading man Hugh Jackman. Jackman is a modern icon of the Hollywood industry, coming off warm acclaim for his sensitive treatment of Marvel Comics mainstay, Wolverine, in the recent “X-Men” franchise. Of course, leading ladies such as Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried are also handy to have on deck when plotting the course for a major Hollywood smash success. The presence of immortal Sacha Baron Cohen, the silver screen’s own Borat, more or less seals the deal. “Les Mis” is a strong contender.