Been looking forward to this having seen and enjoyed the stage show a few times. Worries set in having seen trailers and reviews - would Russell Crowe fuck up my favourite song? Would Anne Hathaway be too annoying and overact it?
Sigh of relief then that this is a decent film. There are some flaws - some of it looks way too much like they are on a film set, and some performances are better than others. But overall a real crowdpleaser.
Anne Hathaway's brief performance really is very touching, and Hugh Jackman holds it all together well. Sacha Baron Cohen steals every scene he is in. Of course its all about the songs and for the most part they are a delight to watch. Some have said its too long but it really does go from song to song and you can only imagine the furore if they'd left someones favourite song out.
First film of the year that I'll definitely go to see again.