Going to the movies is something that happens once in a blue moon for us. Due to the outrageous prices and having to find childcare for the little ones, we’ve gone to the movies once in the past 18 months and we went to see the new Les Misérables. I simply couldn’t miss it because I’ve been a huge fan of the musical since I was a little girl. To be honest, I was anxious that the new film wouldn’t live up to my expectations, but there was no need to be worried! It is a masterpiece.
And guess what?! I am thrilled to announce that I have the chance to giveaway five copies of the newly released DVD/Blu-Ray to my readers thanks to the generosity of Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Allied Faith and Family. How wonderful that I get to give my readers the best film I’ve seen in the past two years!
Starring Hugh Jackman (Oscar nominee), Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe (Oscar winners), Les Misérables, a musical based on Victor Hugo’s celebrated novel, is set in 19th-century France. The plot follows ex-convict Jean Valjean (Jackman) in his struggle to redeem his life after he is offered mercy by a holy bishop (Colm Wilkinson). It’s an epic tale with intricate subplots including the tragic attempts of a young, desperate prostitute (Hathaway) to care for her daughter, an unyielding police inspector (Crowe) who understands justice but not compassion, and young student revolutionaries fighting for a better world. At its heart, the story shows how the love of Christ can transform souls when we offer grace to those around us. It is a revolution of grace.
The sets are stunning, the cast is incredible, and the music is breathtaking. One of the really brilliant choices Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper (of The King’s Speech) made with the film was to implement an unprecedented method for recording the actors’ voices. Instead of recording the orchestra first and then filming the actors singing along to a recording (as is usually done for musicals), he filmed the actors singing to piano accompaniment off-set then recorded the orchestra to their voices. This allowed the actors more flexibility to convey emotion through their musical numbers and the result is spectacular. I honestly wasn’t expecting to like Anne Hathaway as Fantine, but her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” had me in tears and I was pleasantly surprised that her portrayal was the highlight of the film for me!
I can’t tell you how highly I recommend this film. It even inspired me to add Victor Hugo’s 1300 page novel to my 2013 reading list! Now that it’s been released on DVD/Blu-Ray, you have no excuse not to watch it!
To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment saying you’d like to win a copy of the newly released DVD/Blu-Ray of Les Misérables. For an additional entry, subscribe to Carrots via email (see email subscription widget in the left-hand sidebar) or share the giveaway on FB or Twitter and leave an additional comment to let me know you did. The giveaway will be open until midnight next Wednesday night (April 3rd) EST. (I can only ship the DVD to the US or Canada, sorry international readers!) Winners will be chosen by random number generator. Good luck!
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. I did receive a complimentary review copy and five giveaway copies for my readers.