Les Misérables. What can you say about one of the most acclaimed and beloved musicals of all time? Victor Hugo created this story in 1862, and since then Les Misérables has stood as a timeless tale of freedom, love, revolution and the power of the human spirit. Immerse yourself into the history of France and watch its people find power in redemption. This story speaks to everyone who has been persecuted and struggled for liberation. The music is as much a masterpiece as the story it conveys and has become a staple for elite theater companies around the world. There have been no big screen adaptations since the Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush version in 1998, but it doesn’t compare to the sheer grandeur and beauty of the most recent British incarnation.

For starters, Les Misérables features a stellar ensemble cast of talented actors and singers, including Hugh JackmanAnne HathawayAmanda SeyfriedRussell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, and many more. Jackman, Hathaway and Seyfried are especially phenomenal vocalists who chose to sing in real time versus recording the songs in studio to be dubbed in later. These actors are dedicated to elicit your emotions and give you a real experience. For example, Hathaway’s commitment to authenticity was so great; she suggested the barber nick her scalp because the blood seemed more realistic when they chopped her hair off for a scene.

And, we have to mention another advantage this film has over prior productions — film technology has greatly advanced in the last decade. Les Misérables tells the story of the French Revolution, and stage productions can feel cramped and cloistered. With the help of CGI and stunning locales, the grand action of this story won’t be limited to the size of a stage, but by the imagination of director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech). To his credit, the rebellion can now be choreographed the way it was meant to, with all the violence and chaos that characterized the original revolt. In short, the film takes Les Misérables off of the stage and puts it into the real world.

Les Misérables has already won over 20 awards and is nominated for four Golden Globes, and it hasn’t even been released yet! Don’t miss an epic journey, a legendary tale of tales — see what all the fuss is about — check showtimes and tickets here!