Les Miserables--Review By TheAcidSkull

The Man !The Legend!

This is a short review of a film that i was afraid to see, Because i though it would be something drastically different from the book, and i feared that it would not do justice to one of my favorite stories of all time. However, i saw this movie a hour ago, and i was astounded on how amazing it was, and the only thing bad i have to say would be for the people who have not watched this.

The Book And The Movie

First things first, The contrast between a movie and a Book must always be very close, sure some difference are REQUIRED but they can't be to off course. the Movie and the book is very very close, i really like the way the plot flows, though i would much prefer if there had been more actual words than singing, but the emotional burden would not have been the same. Each Character is Very close to the actors and each of them know how to Strike the audience emotionally. i am very satisfied with the choices the director went with. everything feels in order with some minor changes!

The Plot

The plot opens up with jean valjeans imprisonment coming to an end, we see hims struggle, and sink in pain, as he is induced in the heavy labors of his punishment. As he is Free from his hell, he is stuck being a the rotten dog, no one wants to have any contact with him, he cannot get a job, he cannot even live properly, and as the world shows him hate , he returns the favor by showing hatred towards the world , Until....and old bishop, a Servant to god, sheds light upon him, and from there on, jean valjean becomes a new, and a better man!

The plot seems very clear and easy to follow, not to mention the fact that it is a great way to adapt the amazing book that is "les misarables" . The plot makes a great transition of the emotional feeling from the book to movie, meaning the film was successful in what it was suppose to do.

The Actors

dear lord the actors! i have new respect for hugh jackman! i always though he was the kind that always played the guys like wolverine, but dear god, HE DID AN AWESOME JOB PORTRAYING JEAN VALJEAN! I never imagined hugh jackman to be so talented, despite the fact that everyone did an astounding job in this job , Hugh jackman stood out in this movie, his JV was exactly how i imagined him in the book, Strong, powerful sinister, but also very very kind.

I could go on how amazing the other actors were, but your gonna have to watch the movie, but there is one more actor i wanted to mention, someone who also stood out in the movie. The little cockney beggar played both a huge and a minor role in the movie, but to me, he represented the spirit of the group, the mascot, he proved that even a kid can stand up for his brothers, and die for freedom.

Recommendation

HELLZ YES!

13 Comments
13 Comments
Posted by akbogert

Hey, not positive if you're aware, but this is actually a film adaptation of the musical, not the book. That said, the film was quite faithful to the musical, and the musical seems to, based on what you're saying, have been quite faithful to the book :)

The musical is almost an opera, actually, because there's so much singing. This movie did a great job but I'd recommend at some point seeing or hearing the anniversary concert recording because musically it's incomparable.

Glad you liked it though! I saw it opening night, and loved it.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@akbogert said:

Hey, not positive if you're aware, but this is actually a film adaptation of the musical, not the book. That said, the film was quite faithful to the musical, and the musical seems to, based on what you're saying, have been quite faithful to the book :)

The musical is almost an opera, actually, because there's so much singing. This movie did a great job but I'd recommend at some point seeing or hearing the anniversary concert recording because musically it's incomparable.

Glad you liked it though! I saw it opening night, and loved it.

OH! thanks for mentioning! and thank you for commenting! but to my surprise it was faithful to the book as well as the musicale! and i LOVED jackmans acting!

Posted by akbogert

Absolutely. Jackman really outdid himself with this role; it's so different from anything else I've seen him in. And the guy can sing.

But I think Hathaway stole the show; her "I Dreamed A Dream" is probably the most gut-wrenching performance I've ever seen in anything.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@akbogert said:

Absolutely. Jackman really outdid himself with this role; it's so different from anything else I've seen him in. And the guy can sing.

But I think Hathaway stole the show; her "I Dreamed A Dream" is probably the most gut-wrenching performance I've ever seen in anything.

And the little cockney kid! he rocked!

Posted by akbogert

Aye. Gavroche is a fantastic character and the kid did a fantastic job portraying him. I often find kids in musicals (and particularly British ones...no offense to anyone) rather obnoxious, but not him.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@akbogert said:

Aye. Gavroche is a fantastic character and the kid did a fantastic job portraying him. I often find kids in musicals (and particularly British ones...no offense to anyone) rather obnoxious, but not him.

i read the book A LLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG TIME AGO! so this did bring some memories! i loved this movie! glad we both liked it!

and yes, Gavroche is both awesome in the movie and the book! his death scene was a bit hard for me though :P

Posted by Aiden Cross

Great review! I haven't seen the movie yet but i really look forward to it, i love the story! And hearing it follows that closely only makes me put it higher on my to-watch-list! As for Hugh Jackman, it's no surprise to me that he was awesome in this movie, he's one of my favourite actor and, in my eyes, a genuinely good person that loves what he does. And you can see that in every performance he does. He's done theater and musicals so this is right up his alley :) Gah now i have to see it! :D

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@Aiden Cross said:

Great review! I haven't seen the movie yet but i really look forward to it, i love the story! And hearing it follows that closely only makes me put it higher on my to-watch-list! As for Hugh Jackman, it's no surprise to me that he was awesome in this movie, he's one of my favourite actor and, in my eyes, a genuinely good person that loves what he does. And you can see that in every performance he does. He's done theater and musicals so this is right up his alley :) Gah now i have to see it! :D

Hugh Jackman knock me off my seat, he was amazing in this film! and thank you for commentinG!

Posted by TheHulk
Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale

They sing in a musical !? wow !

@TheAcidSkull: I thought it was very good. it's no Repo lol

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

I cried so hard at the end.

Not a dry eye in the house

Posted by akbogert

@TheHulk: Well, to be fair, it's an adaptation of a musical, not of the book, so the whole point was that they told the story in song :P I believe there's a decent non-musical film version out there somewhere though.

@Fuchsia_Nightingale: REPO is fantastic. In an absolutely awful kind of way. No one should ever have let half those people sing.

@TheCheeseStabber: There was some teen girl sitting next to me in the theater. I thought she was sick, but I realized at some point that she wasn't sniffing because of a cold, she was just crying. For almost the entire movie. She outright lost it during the Fantine scenes.

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

@akbogert: I only lost it at the end, that was partly because I got butter in my eye...