A Short and Slightly Weird Review of The Les Mis Movie.


I very rarely talk about anything extremely niche like this but my Twitter and Facebook friends would know that I’m a bit nutty about Les Mis the musical. I’ve seen many different productions of it including professional, amateur, West End and Broadway. I played a prostitute (although NOT a Lovely Lady – why the director would cast me as a prostitute in Les Mis and not put me in Lovely Ladies is something I will never understand) in a massive production of Les Mis in a 1200 seat theatre for a month when I was 21. The cast and the orchestra were extraordinary and in between my scenes I’d just sit in the pit and have professional musicians and singers imprint this extraordinary musical permanently into my brain. I own and can sing every word on the entire symphonic recording. I’ve had a few readers ask what I thought of the movie so I put together a little vlog.


There’s a spoiler in there, I say f*ck pretty loudly and you probably won’t understand this vlog unless you can sing a solo duet with yourself playing both Valjean and Javert. Enjoy.

Have you seen Les Mis? What did you think? Are you a die hard fan? Or did you just go along because it’s a big Hollywood release?

Carly is the founding editor of Smaggle which launched in 2007 back when blogging was weird. She has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines. Hoop earrings are totally her thing and she almost got run over by Myf Warhurst while out jogging one day.


  1. Coco 3 years ago

    Thank you for doing this. I love a good snorting of my coffee in the morning.

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      That’s my most favourite thing when people choke while watching my vlogs. x

  2. Jen Fiddy Clark 3 years ago

    That. Was. Awesome.

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      Thank you! I have a lot of feelings about Les Mis.

  3. Natasha 3 years ago

    I just have nothing else to see other then AMEN.

  4. reality chick 3 years ago

    Totes. Hilare.

  5. Jessie 3 years ago

    I’m just really happy I wasn’t the only one who had that reaction to Red and Black.

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      I’ve never had a crush on an Enjolras before and now I think he’s my favourite!

  6. Nessbow 3 years ago

    David needs to fire Margaret and hire you instead.
    Best. Movie. Review. Ever. Seriously, you guys.

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      Now there’s a career path I’ve never considered… interesting. 🙂

  7. MaddiHiggs 3 years ago

    Alright Carly let me just say some things.
    Number one: you rock. You are a genius. This is all true.
    Number two: you are incredibly correct about every single thing you said. Particularly the Russell Crowe diarrhoea comment. Props to you for coming up with that.
    Number three: please make more vlogs. Especially tea-snortingly funny ones like this.
    Love maddi.

  8. Katherine 3 years ago

    Just when I thought I couldn’t love you more than I already did! That was brilliant. You remind me of a very very wonderful girl I was friends with in high school (is that creepy?) Also,I agree about Red and Black – Hottttttttttttt! Kick ass review, lady.

  9. Tara 3 years ago

    Sometimes I wonder how you consistently manage to sneak into my mind and STEAL MY THOUGHTS. Agree on every single point. I was also annoyed that they snipped the confrontation because Les Mis is all about the confrontation for me. And Enjolras – a handsome singing man with PRINCIPLES. You gotta lock that down. And i can’t forgive Russell Crowe for what he did to Stars. Phillip Quast did it better than that…and he was on Play School.

  10. Haha! Amazing!

    Many of my own thoughts put into words far better than I could

    I keep finding it really difficult to give people a review of the film – because I did really enjoy it and would see it again… and yet…

    Perhaps it’s just that nothing can really completely beat the stage show

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