Movie Review: Les Miserables

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Last Thursday night, hubby and I watched the film Les Miserables at Robinsons Movieworld. I am quite familiar with the plot of this popular Broadway musical because I used to have a co-worker who loved listening to Broadway songs and who shared that love with everyone in our office.


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Summary of the Movie

Les Miserables (Les Mis) is a story of hatred, revenge, kindness, idealism and love. After spending 19 years in prison for stealing food for a relative, Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) was released on parole by prison guard Javert (Russell Crowe). The kindness of the Bishop of Digne prompted him to live an honest life under a new identity. He breaks his parole in the process, and Javert vows to recapture him.

Valjean becomes mayor of Montreuil-sur-Mer (a town in France) and a factory owner. Fantine (Anne Hathaway) is dismissed from work by Jean’s foreman for sending money to her illegitimate daughter Cosette (Amanda Seyfried). Fantine becomes a prostitute to be able to support her daughter. She is later arrested by Javert for attacking an abusive man, but Jean Valjean intervenes and brings her to the hospital instead. It is here where Valjean promises the dying Fantine that he will take care of her daughter.

The story doesn’t end there, however, but I refuse to tell more. You have to watch the entire film to be able to appreciate it. I’m sure that you’ll enjoy this movie as much as I did. A warning, though, Les Miserables will make you cry, so make sure you bring a hanky or tissue with you when you watch this movie.

I Cried Three Times while Watching the Movie

Believe it or not, I cried three times while watching Les Mis. I cried a little when Fantine was dying, I cried more when Marius (Eddie Redmayne) mourned for his friends, and I cried the longest when Valjean gives Cosette his confession of his past life and dies.

My Two Cents Worth on Les Miserables

I really didn’t mind sitting inside the movie house for almost three hours because I really liked the story and the actors’ performances, particularly those of Hugh Jackman who played the character of Jean Valjean and Eddie Redmayne who was Marius Pontmercy in the movie.

The Values Imparted by the Movie

Les Miserables imparts the following lessons and values: (1) It is never too late to change. Valjean was an ex-convict who became an honest man. (2) Kindness is contagious. Because Valjean received the gift of kindness from the Bishop of Digne, he paid it forward. He helped others in their time of need.

The film Les Misérables is produced by Working Title Films and distributed by Universal Pictures. The movie is based on the musical Les Miserables by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg which is based on Les Misérables, the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo.

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