Movie Review : Les Miserables


Les MiserablesBased on the novel by Victor Hugo, ‘Les Miserables’ travels with prisoner-on-parole, 24601, Jean Valjean, as he runs from the ruthless Inspector Javert on a journey beyond the barricades, at the center of the June Rebellion. Meanwhile, the life of a working class girl with a child is at turning point as she turns to prostitution to pay money to the evil innkeeper and his wife who look after her child, Cosette. Valjean promises to take care of the child, eventually leads to a love triangle between Cosette, Marius who is a student of the rebellion, and Eponine, a girl of the streets. The people sing of their anger and Enjolras leads the students to fight upon the barricades.

Title : Les Miserables
Director : Tom Hooper
Year : 2011
Rating : PG-13
Duration : 158 minutes
Main Actors : Russell Crowe
Hugh Jackman
Amanda Seifred
Anne Hathaway

3.5 Stars

Strengths

  • I enjoyed the singing.
  • The costuming was gorgeous.
  • I liked Jean Valjean’s story of redemption.
  • I liked the message of Christian love and forgiveness in Jean Valjean’s storyline.
  • Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter did well in their roles, but sometimes seemed inappropriate for the tone of the movie.

Weaknesses

  • I thought Cosette’s love story was the weakest part of the story. Marius came off as kind of shallow, willing to follow whatever shiny thing that caught his attention, be it girl or revolution.
  • There was SO much story stuffed into 158 minutes. It could have benefited from stringent editing, but I’m sure that would have been devastating to other people. This play/movie is a beloved institution.
  • Inspector Javert’s decision to jump off the bridge was so frustrating, and contrary to the Christian message found earlier in the movie.
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I am a woman working in the Twin Cities as a programming Librarian.
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