If any of you actually sat down to read the novel before watching the film; i applaud you. The novel is as dense and heavy as the jungles of theAmazon but if you’re looking for a real sense of what Les Misérables really has to offer, the book is where its at.
Now, i am in no way discrediting the film. Filled with award winning actors and actresses, belting out tunes to make even the toughest of heart tear up, its definitely on its way to becoming a contender in the Oscars. Howeveras with all Hollywood films it trivializes the historical and political importance of the film turning it into a romanticized on screen musical, but at the end of the day that’s what the people want.
The characters are easy to empathize with,and Hugh Jackman‘s interpretation of Jean Valjean (an ex-convict looking for redemption) is the driving force for the film’s major arc and leads the story along the thematic lines of justice, redemption and the power of the law.
Anne Hathaway who plays Fantine, a single mother who turns to prostitution to support her child takes a stab at everyone’s heart with her opening song. The portrait view, medium shot focuses solely on her as she sings, the blackness of the background only adding to the heavy atmosphere. Its the perfect combination of music and visuals to evoke the best tear jerking response from the audience.
The other story lines are well executed, carefully intertwining the other characters together leading to the final climatic battle scene of the June Revolutions in France. The movie has everything to offer to audiences of all ages. From love to religion, forgiveness and the resilience of the human spirit, Les Misérables is definitely a movie to watch for the new year !