Les Miserables (2012)

Director: Tom Hopper

Major Actors: Hugh Jackman, Anna Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, and Samantha Barks

IMDb rating: 10/10 (click for page)

I am going to review this movie differently then I am normally do. Normally I point what I saw in the movie that was good or bad but there is just to many things that my brain gets clogged. So instead I am going talk about what I think is the core of movies and the reason I can compare movies from different genres. What I am talking about is the emotion that the film portrays and in turn makes you feel. And to say the least Les Mis portrays a lot of emotion. Lets just say this after watching this movie. I could not watch another movie for 24 hours. And this is the guy who can sometimes watch 5 movies a day! Before I begin I will give the reason for this. This is all possible because I believe this is the best blend of the visual and musical media.

The one emotion you constantly feel throughout the film is sadness, which is no surprise. I can’t even count the number of times I had chills up my spine and tears in my eyes. The point where this is most evident is the song “I Dreamed a Dream” sung by Anna Hathaway. At this point, Fantine (Hathaway) has lost everything and is recounting it in song. When she sings the words “Life has killed the dream I dreamed.” I lose it every time (even while I typed it). I could point to countless other scenes but I will move on.

The second emotion surprisingly is cheerfulness. This is done by the wonderful combination of Helen Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. They provide comical relief throughout the film at the appropriate times. This makes it easier to get through the nearly three hours of intense emotions. And it seems like this may be the only time you may feel this through the duration of the film but I don’t want to spoil anything for you.

The last emotion I want to talk about is frustration. This is mainly provided by the character Javert played by the surprising good singer Russell Crowe. Time and time again Javert catches up to the reformed Jean Valjean, played by Hugh Jackman. You get frustrated that Javert can not see that Jean is reformed and trying to help people. All of the emotions are possible because of the beautiful songs and visual camera work. This truly was a beautiful film.

Before I conclude I want to talk about one last thing. As a Christian it can sometimes be hard to see themes in films that are “Christian.” But Les Mis is bursting with a theme. When Jean is caught, after being paroled, stealing from a local bishop, who took him in. What most people would have done is said “Take him to jail.” But the Bishop does the unbelievable thing and lets him go. This was undeserved action. This is perfect representation of what Christ did. Romans 5:8 says “ But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” And just Jean Valjean we do not deserve this love. So if you are Christian you definitely see this film as it is one of the few that can remind you of Christ.

I could write so much more about this film. This is the best movie of the year, no contest. This is by no means a perfect film but it just so beautiful for eyes and ears. You should go see this ASAP.


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