Originally Posted by Phrozen Phil
The music in Les Mis is a challenge for any voice, (lots of parts in minor keys and very intense emotions) and I would argue that Crowe's voice is really challenged by that, but he works the part of Javert with real intensity.That character is not meant to be empathized with until the end and in the stage productions I've seen, the actors have sounded bitter and harsh, perhaps with intent. Crowe doesn't sing anything in this movie like the stuff he sings with his band. I will confess that I've only heard a small amount of his stuff outside of the movies.
Jackman has the biggest repetoire of stage production and he was more than up to the task, but his part is meant to evoke sympathy from the audience. The biggest surprise for me was Hathaway, who's voice exceeded my expectations. I hope you do get to see the movie, as I think it does justice to the original stage production.
I agree that Les Mis is a challenge for anyone and different than what Crowe typically does, but my point is that music is a big part of his life and career. I wouldn't label him as an actor who sings a bit.
I've heard Hathaway sing a few times and was impressed each time. Makes her extra attractive. Same with Emmy Rossum. Two beautiful ladies that get bonus points for their singing voices in my opinion.