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Everyone I've talked to loved the movie and remarked that the singing and acting were excellent. They chose actors who could actually carry a tune rather than relying on known box-office stars lip syncing to someone else's vocals (unlike some musical films of the past). We all know that Hugh Jackman is a song and dance man (long before his action movie rolls) and Russell Crowe has a rock band in Australia, but the rest of the all-star cast has a musical background too.
I saw Les Mis on Broadway with the original BW cast... it's an exceptional musical (more like an English language opera). On par with the best of Lerner and Lowe, Rogers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, etc. Tom Hooper, who directed the film (and The Damned United and The King's Speech), usually does a bang up job and gets the most from his actors.
It's not a rental... it's a must buy for sure!
Listen up, studios! Just say "NO" to DNR and EE!!