A FRESH TAKE ON HUGO’S CLAS­SIC

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

FOR those who loathe mu­si­cals (like our cover star Do­minic West), the good news is there’s no war­bling in this one. In­stead, it re­lies on the re­mark­able act­ing tal­ents and a lush pro­duc­tion to tell the epic tale of Vic­tor Hugo’s lit­er­ary clas­sic

Pound for pound, it’s one of the strong­est en­sem­bles I’ve seen on screen in many a year, with West play­ing Jean Val­jean; Golden Globe win­ner David Oyelowo as his prison neme­sis Javert; Os­car queen Olivia Col­man ( in the innkeeper Hath­away her Academy Award for best sup­port­ing ac­tress. The stag­ing and scale is breath­tak­ing and once you can leave be­hind com­par­isons to the all-singing ver­sion which starred our Hugh Jack­man and Rus­sell Crowe, it’s truly ex­cel­lent TV.

It is also more faith­ful to the text and al­lows for greater char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment over six episodes. For those with those enor­mous, mega-pixel home the­atre screens this will be a cin­e­matic ex­pe­ri­ence you can get lost in.

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