Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Les Misérables

Les Misérables

File:Les-miserables-movie-poster1.jpgOn Christmas day, my family and I went to see Les Misérables.  It’s a musical film adaptation of the famous London Play based on the book by Victor Hugo first published in France in 1862.  The film stars Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert, Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Eddie Redmayne as Marius, Samantha Barks as Eponine, Isabelle Allen as the young Cosette, and Daniel Huttlestone as the young street urchin Gavroche (these kids are just too cute!).

The film is fantastic!  All the actors sing their parts.  I was especially impressed with Amanda Seyfried’s saprano performance (her role in Moma Mia didn't do her voice justice).  The visuals are stunning and very realistic, and the acting and singing performances are Academy Award winning material.  
I'm what professional marketers call "a late adopter"; in other words, "I'm a Johnny come lately!"  Just a few years ago, I rented the 1998 dramatic movie starring Liam Neeson (one of my favorite actors) as Jean Valjean, Geoffrey Rush as Javert, Uma Thurman as Fantine, and Claire Danes as Cosette.   I was so inspired by the story that I immeadiately bought both the Kindle and Audible versions of the book and devoured them. (The book itself is very long—over 1000 pages—so I had to cheat with the audio version in order to get through it in a reasonable amount of time.)
What I love about the the story is that it epitomizes what I like to write about: the socio-economic struggles mankind faces in life.  Its themes include: social injustice, good vs. evil, virtue vs. vice, love vs. hate, justice vs. mercy, hope vs. dispair, faith, repentance, forgiveness, and atonement. 

The character Jean Valjean epitomizes how one man can help change the world for the better by first changing himself for the better.  The story epitomizes how Mercy always triumphs over Justice, how Hope always triumps over Dispair, and how Love always triumphs over Hate.  I don’t want to spoil the show for you, so do yourself a favor and go see the movie.

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