Les Misérables, the Movie


It has been a very long time since the last time I was so excited about a movie.

If I was in a relationship, those hundreds of hours spent on Youtube watching videos from the musical would probably have ended it.

For me, musicals are magic. I love operatic singing, but I get bored very quickly if I can’t understand what’s going on, and musicals are just like operas, except understandable.

This movie is an adaption of the musical, and an AWESOME one at that!!

I had very high expectations for this movie, and it did not disappoint.

The director did take some creative liberty with the story, but they were minor and definitely not offensive.

On the other hand, I think they did a really good job exploiting all the advantages of making a film vs a musical in making it more engaging (mostly visually). It did not leave nearly as much to imagination as the musical.

The acting was fabulous also.

Fantine’s “I Dreamed A Dream” was a very emotional moment; Eponine’s romantic struggle around Marius was well done, and her “On My Own” was definitely one of the several climaxes. Marius’ “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” was also very touching.

Javert… many people were not happy with. I actually found him to be pretty good. It’s definitely a very different interpretations of Javert than the one in the musical – in the movie, Javert is portrayed to be more passionate and empathetic since the beginning, and the change in his attitude was not as dramatic. It showed in the singing as well, not just the actions. For example, in his “Stars”, which was a huge and majestic piece in the musical, I think his voice gave away the fact that he feels bad for Jean.

There, out in the darkness

A fugitive running

Fallen from God

Fallen from grace

His voice sounded a little soft compared to other performances of the song I have heard. There’s a little bit of uncertainty and a little bit of resignation. I think I like the stronger version a little more, but it was still good.

Overall, impressed!

2 thoughts on “Les Misérables, the Movie”

  1. For the record, the “creative liberties” that they took with the story deviated from the stage production of the musical but were all based on the book. If you haven’t seen this already (somewhat unlikely), I would recommend watching the explanation of the song they added: http://youtu.be/ObY1w54pgeU

    And “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” was amazing.

    See you Saturday!

    1. I did not know that! I’ll admit I was too lazy to read the book :P. The one scene that I had in mind was when Gavroche was sent to deliver the letter to Cosette (Valjean) instead of Eponine, which I thought would be awesome and was looking forward to (more of that Eponine dilemma stuff). They killed her before that.

      I was wondering about the new song! That’s very interesting. Very cool that they elaborated the relationship between Valjean and Cosette.

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