Books on Screen: Let’s Discuss Les Miserables

by Jennifer


So — have you seen it??

I could go on and on and ON about it, because this film exceeded my expectations. The cinematography was fantastic, and the way the story was put together highlighted everything about each character in new and wonderful ways. I’ve read the book twice, I’ve seen it on stage and listened to the soundtrack so often, and I’ve seen the non-musical movie (which I was surprised to read that when I watched it for the nth time 3 1/2 years ago after our Les Miserables Classics bookclub that I was slightly disillusioned. I’m planning on showing Amanda, so we’ll see if I feel that way again.

One thing that has struck me about the movie casting — in comparing it to the Broadway Cast Recording, is that the people actually sound their age. No one can deny that Anne Hathaway’s “I Dreamed a Dream” is exquisiste, and in comparing it to the Fantine’s on Broadway, they all sound so mature. It really stands out when listening to Marius and Enjolras who are fantastically young and earnest in the movie, and just old and technical on my CD.

As if my exuberant use of adjectives hasn’t gotten the point across, I’ll restate that I loved this movie.

I’d love to hear what you think about the movie. Was this your first exposure to the story, or was it familiar to you? What was your favorite part? Any disappointments?** Leave a comment and let us know. And feel free to use the threaded comments. If you use the reply button, the person who left the comment will be notified that you replied.

**We don’t even have to mention Russell Crowe — really. Though I have to say that “Stars” was fantastic, and for a few minutes I forgot my irritation with him. I’ve never really been a fan, and so it sort of made it easier to hate Javert.

If you can’t get enough of Les Mis, check out the posts in the past:

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Jennifer lives in Houston with her family. In addition to reading, she enjoys travel, Bible study, food, and fun. She blogs about some of these things -- when her nose isn't in a book -- at Snapshot.

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