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I rented this for my kids so we could see something new instead of the same thing over and over. I didn't expect to actually enjoy watching it myself. But I really did. My kids watched it 3 times in 2 days, and I wasn't annoyed by it. And it did a pretty good job of dealing with childhood grief and fear surrounding a parent being life threatening sick.
If you can get past all the amazingly illogical stupid stuff, like "lets solve this invasion problem by creating a quantum singularity (ie: black hole) to suck their ship into oblivion" Because of course any black hole that is created would just automatically close on it's own as soon as the bad guys were sucked away, it wouldn't do something like say...swallow the solar system or the galaxy like real black holes actually do. Or brilliant moves like "we colonized other worlds to exploit their resources, but then we abandoned our exploitation of resources on other planets for no apparent reason and went back to exploiting the resources on our own planet until it finally collapsed in on itself". What? Why would you do that, you advanced species that, as you stated has existed for hundreds of thousands of years, why would you do something so obviously foolish?
The new Les Misérables movie: Disappointing on so many levels. It did have a few small high points and the end redeemed the movie in small measure. But if you are very familiar with the Broadway musical, it feels almost sacrilege what they've done to it. The songs for Javert have been absolutely murdered so the very narrow range and mediocre voice of Russel Crowe could pull them off. Hugh Jackman wasn't singing anywhere near as good as I've heard him sing, I'm guessing so he would not stand out too much from the rest of the cast. Anne Hathaway was decent about half of the time, the other half was just...Eddie Redmayne was a happy surprise sadly to be damped by the ridiculous trilling of Amanda Seyfried. The cockney accent of Gavroche was so over the top to be almost comical. And the Thenardier's were not comical as intended in the musical, they were just ridiculous and absurd, it was like watching a spoof out of Borat. I felt very let down by Helena Bonham Carter, although got exactly what could be expected from the star and writer of such garbage as Borat and The Dictator. Oddly, some of the most quality singing voices were the characters who were nameless and only had one or two lines.
Being generous I would give it a 4.5-5/10.
I was in a group of 10 people who went to this show last night and afterwards the consensus of all 10 of us was, at the most generous...."Eh...It was okay...it maybe could have been worse. The end was good though." Not one of the 10 said "I really liked it" let alone "I loved it".
Bottom line: If you've never seen the musical you'll probably like it. If you have seen the musical, either don't waste your time, or go knowing you'll walk away frustrated and disappointed, desperately holding onto the closing scene with Jean Valjean, Fontine and the rest of the cast to alleviate your sense of being robbed.