Awards won: Best Sound Mixing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway)
Musicals are known for being over the top, and Les Miserables is no exception. While Anne Hathaway’s performance was loved by the Academy, it was over-emotional and way too weepy. This whole movie is just too much: too long, too many songs (especially since Russell Crowe shouldn’t be singing at all), too much overacting, and too many showy performances with little depth.
Tom Hooper’s interpretation of the classic musical is highly theatrical in a way that doesn’t translate well to film. The whole thing seems like a desperate attempt to make you cry, especially at the end, with one of the corniest ending shots in movie history. Unfortunately, the only reason we’re crying is because we were forced to sit through this awful film.