Film4: PREMIERE Friday 1 January, 9.00pm
Four Oscars and four Baftas for the film of the hit stage show, the first musical to be nominated for Best Picture since Chicago in 2002. Hugh Jackman is literature’s original fugitive, tragic hero Jean Valjean, pursued with indecent vigour by Russell Crowe’s psycho cop, Inspector Javert, in a powerful story derived from Victor Hugo’s 19th-century masterpiece, which somehow made do without a libretto.
A lock for Best Supporting Actress, Anne Hathaway sings her lungs out and has the Golden Globes to prove it. But it’s still the least fun anyone’s had in any musical since Evita. What’s magnificent about it is the source story, which has survived countless interpretations. It’s a great story. It doesn’t need ersatz operatic songs. They might as well make a musical of King Kong. Oh… they did.