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Film review

A sprawling spectacle

Film version of popular musical is over-the-top but still moving

Hugh Jackman plays Jean Valjean and Anne Hathaway is Fantine in the film adaptation of “Les Miserables.” (Laurie Sparham/Universal Pictures)
Hugh Jackman plays Jean Valjean and Anne Hathaway is Fantine in the film adaptation of “Les Miserables.” (Laurie Sparham/Universal Pictures)
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Tom Hooper’s extravaganza, big-screen telling of the beloved musical “Les Miserables” is as relentlessly driven as the ruthless Inspector Javert himself. It simply will not let up until you’ve Felt Something — powerfully and repeatedly — until you’ve touched the grime and smelled the squalor and cried a few tears of your own. It is enormous and sprawling and not the slightest bit subtle. But at the same time, it’s hard not to admire the ...


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