It's here the film begins to fall apart. Les Miserables reaches such a climax with Hathaway's show-stopping performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" that simply nothing that comes after it can live up to its excellence. Hathaway, shot in close-up for the song's duration and without a single cut, is crushing. I can't remember a time where I was so floored with emotion from one solitary musical performance that the fact her few minutes of song outweigh the entirety of a nearly three hour feature is telling not only of her performance, but of the remaining minutes that follow.
Barks, who played Eponine in the recent London stage adaptation of Les Mis, does provide the film's second half with a fantastic performance of "On My Own" that stands only second to Hathaway's "Dream", but is one of the few remaining highlights as the final 90 minutes drag to an inevitable conclusion.
This is a problem. "Bring Him Home" should be the
moment in the film.
Also, as I've said in every Les Mis
thread, Amanda Seyfried should be nowhere near this movie.