As much we liked Hooper's "The Kign Speech," we loved his previous effort, "The Damned United." After finding to such original stories, we find Hooper opting "Les Mis" to be sort of a letdown.
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The story of Jean Valjean being hunted his whole life for stealing a loaf of bread has been done to death. And the last time it hit the silver screen, in 1998, it starred Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman and Claire Danes (when she was famous), ad nobody cared. Critics liked it OK, but it made a measly $14 million.
We're not saying Hooper doesn't have it in him to do a good "Les Mis," but surely there's a fresher, more interesting story out there for his talents.