Happy Saturday, friends! Unless you live under a rock, I am sure you are aware that the movie Les Misérables opened on Christmas day. I saw the movie last night, and loved it!! Les Misérables was originally a novel by Victor Hugo, but then was adapted into stage versions including the musical, and now this film version. I have seen Les Mis on stage twice before, however I didn’t remember many details. I suffer from movie/play amnesia because I never remember plays or movies, so I was ecstatic to see the show and refresh my memory!
Les Mis is about a man named Jean Valjean, played by Hugh Jackman, who was a prisoner for nineteen years and breaks parole. He starts a new life for himself and becomes incredibly successful. He encounters a starving prostitue, Fantine (Anne Hathaway), and after hearing her story, tells her he will take care of her daughter like she is his own. Jean Valjean raises the girl, Cosette (Amanda Seyfried), and they live a life hiding from Javert (Russel Crowe), a police officer who has spent his life hunting down Valjean. Along the lines, a revolution takes place and some people die, while others fall in love. I am aware that is a horrible summary, but the movie is three hours long and there is a lot going on. It is very difficult to summarize in one paragraph.
For those of you that don’t know, the whole performance, other than a few stray words, is sung. Speaking of singing, how ‘bout Anne Hathaway?! I did not realize that she had such a nice voice! She played Fantine, and did a fabulous job. The scene in which she sings “I Dreamed a Dream” was fanfrickintastic! Hugh Jackman played the lead of Jean Valjean, and he did a good job as well. I was not a huge fan of his voice, but overall I enjoyed his performance. Sacha Baron Cohen played the innkeeper Thénardier, and I was thoroughly impressed. Russel Crowe’s portrayal of Javert was also really good. Russel Crowe has a very good voice, something that many people have been surprised by since musical theater is not his forte. My favorite performance was when Éponine (Samantha Barks) sang “On My Own.” So classic. (Fun fact: Samantha Barks played the part of Éponine in London at the Queen’s Theater production of Les Mis in 2010). I thought the cast did an incredibly job, and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie! Go see it and add some culture to your life. Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading
“On My Own” Trailer