Hit or ‘Mis’: Les Miserables Review

Mana Alah

Liviera Leebong
December 26, 2012

GRADE: A

As someone who loves musical theater, I was really excited for this to come out. I had high expectations from the line extending all the way to the door as well as hope that it could match a live performance. While it was different from a live Broadway show, I was still blown away by its skilled cinematography, phenomenal acting, and beautiful music. It addresses issues like poverty, slavery, prostitution, revolution, and faith in God and morality. It’s a wonderful cinematic experience for those who like music or history. That is, if you don’t mind listening to three straight hours of singing.

The movie takes places during a 20-year period of the French Revolution, following the life of ex-convict Jean Valjean as he escapes slavery and creates a new life for himself in the name of God. He adopts a young girl named Cossette after failing to save the life of her mother, yet must constantly flee from his formerĀ oppressor, Javert, whose challenge is finding where the line between good and evil is. Meanwhile, a young boy named Marius is helping to lead a revolt against the French Government in Paris. It is a question of good and evil, right or wrong, as these characters’ paths intertwine and they must overcome the struggles of love, poverty, bloodshed, and sacrifice.

Each of the cast members played their part strongly, whether good, evil, or somewhere in between. They each added their own voices that were unique and fitting to their character. Director Tom Hooper had made the decision for the actors to record their vocals on set, instead of lip-syncing to a studio recording, so each song possessed the emotion only otherwise attained during a live performance. During each song, the audience could feel the love or determination or desperation or anger in each of the characters’ voices.

Similar to Phantom of the Opera, the movie was extremely well done and it seems, very popular with audiences of all age. Theater geeks like myself would love it, and anyone who wants to cry. However, those who are easily bored (children mostly) or can’t stand constant music for long periods of time, should probably avoid it.

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4 Responses to “Hit or ‘Mis’: Les Miserables Review”

  1. shenze on December 26th, 2012 8:54 pm

    You’ve convinced me, Vira! Now I must see it. I find the French Revolution so intriguing, so I am very excited to see this.

  2. jrafael on January 4th, 2013 1:35 pm

    Vira you were completely right, this movie was very well done. However, do I agree that some can get easily, but over all it was a great movie.

  3. zpacalin on January 8th, 2013 1:37 am

    I’ve heard a lot of great things about this movie…confirmed!

  4. shoover on January 8th, 2013 9:04 pm

    An incredibly well done movie. They spared no expense in making the experiences of the destitute characters feel and appear real (almost ironically). I would suggest it to all who can bear listening to two and a half hours of (well-done) music. It is a magnificent representation of the human spirit.