Les Misérables,originally a French Historical Novel written by Victor Hugo embodies the struggles of the French people and the harsh climate throughout the French Revolutions.
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 !
The top 3 most anticipated summer movies.
This summer was the summer of super heroes. Everyone from Bat Man to The Hulk was invited to this extravaganza.
Its not that hard to imagine why these films were so successful instantly turning into block buster hits, sky rocketing to the millions in profits within the first few days of its release. Everyone’s favourite childhood hero/heroine from the comic book universe had their moment of glory on the big screen. The inner child in many of us was bursting out of our mundane office garb like the Hulk as we watched things explode and smash into each other with all the grandeur of a Hollywood film.
The time seemed right for these films to excel. After the initial ground work was done for the Avengers with the individual stories of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor movie goes were anxiously awaiting for the avengers to finally assemble. Director, Joss Whedon did a marvelous job of putting all these characters in one room while maintaining their individuality. The witty dialogue and banter coupled with the quirks of each super hero added just the right amount of humour to the film.
The Avengers secured their spot as the number one hit for the summer block buster line up soon to be followed by Spider Man. After the last three movies, critics and audiences alike were skeptical about the upcoming Amazing Spider Man directed by Marc Webb. However there was no disputing the fact that this was fresh and new and just what summer movie goers wanted. Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker) and Emma Stone (Gwen Stacey) were perfect for the roles, creating a relatively new story for audiences to enjoy with the added bonus of seeing it in 3D.
And finally, what i would say is the final and most gratifying movie of the summer is The Dark Knight Rises directed by Chris Nolan. It was everything you hoped for in a grande finale, the last installment of the Batman trilogy. From the new gadgets to the elaborate sets and all star cast it was definitely worth the wait.
This summer the heroes came out in full regalia, smashing box office records and making 2012 a summer to remember. There are lots more to look forward to next year, with Marvel Studio’s already planning for a follow up to Avengers’ success. Lets keep our eyes out for those trailers !
Happy Watching !
There are many people all over the world perfectly capable of wielding a key board, watching a movie and talking about it. However, that doesn’t necessarily make them good at reviewing movies.
A movie reviewer has to be more than the casual audience member, he/she has to know about all the components that make up a great film like the musical score, the director, the studio that produced it ect.
The most important thing about any movie is the fact that its not about the actors but about the story.
What makes a good story ? What is the story of the film you just saw ? And most importantly how did this story resonate with the audience.
A good movie review has to have a sense of humour about things, and this is just my general opinion on the matter but you shouldn’t just comment dryly on the negatives like the poor lighting, the lack of chemistry between actors or the jump cuts between scenes but rather entertain yourself and the reader by showing the both sides of the coin; the pros and the cons.
The movie reviewer shouldn’t necessarily always have to pick a side, of whether the film was good or bad. Instead it would be more beneficial for everyone if the personality of the reviewer could stand out while simultaneously critiquing a film with relevant research and fact to prove their point and encourage others to think about the film in a deeper sense, rather than just the superficial pump and pageantry of the typical summer blockbuster.
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