13. "Les Misérables" (2012, directed by Tom Hooper)
A mega-musical among mega-musicals, Les Misérables has enjoyed mind-blowing success all around the world over the nearly three decades since it first opened. I was thrilled with the excellent movie that was finally made all these years later, and for the most part, found director Tom Hooper's choice to record the vocals live on set effective at capturing some the spark of spontaneity more common to performances onstage. Unfortunately, this also put constraints on the singers, many of whom were not entirely equal to the task, but the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. As someone who hadn't listened to Les Misérables in years, seeing the movie was a satisfying revival of my original love for this piece which has brought so many people into the theatre, literally and figuratively.
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