Les Misérables (2012)

“Fight. Dream. Hope. Love”

— Les Misérables

From time to time, I do enjoy a good musical every now and then. Unfortunately, many of the musicals that have been turned into films in the past have not really made much of an impression on me such as this one.

Though, I decided to check this film out since I’m a fan of the musical. And let me just say, it did not disappoint.

Before I go into the review, I will say — musicals that are turned into films are more for those who enjoy them than those who do not. Let’s face it, the majority of the time there is singing done in musicals. And, the same is true of movies that have been brought to life that stem from musicals. So going into any Hollywood production created from a musical, you can expect a lot of singing (and probably some dancing as well).

From the very first scene, this movie based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel definitely was a treat to see. As one who has scene this story adapted many times before, I can honestly say — this one was spot on in terms of action, music, casting and last but not least, the storyline.

Personally, I enjoyed the movie. But, perhaps that may have been due to my interest in the story as well as the musical. For those who may be unfamiliar with the storyline and/or the musical, it may be somewhat of a different experience.

At it’s heart, this story tackled so many issues that can stem generations. It it not only a story about the struggle of those who lived in the past. But, rather it is a story that people can relate to in the present and perhaps the future.

These same issues can and probably will occur over and over again. And, that is the beauty of the story — it’s timeless.

For those who have not seen the musical and/or read the book, I won’t ruin the storyline for you. Though I will say, if you do enjoy musicals and a good story — this one is worth checking out.

(Note: Depending on the types of genres you prefer, it may be a good idea to check out the trailer first before deciding if this one is for you.)

All in all, this was an enjoyable film to watch. It’s amazing to see this great story come alive and do so well on the big picture. And let me tell you, that’s rare in my experience!

If you enjoy musicals and period pieces, I definitely do recommend this one.

Film Gurl’s 15 Minute Rule: PASS

(Note: For another perspective on the movie, check out the following review from my Film Girl Force pal Just Chick Flicks. Thanks for reading!)

Happy movie watching!

(Note: For those who saw the film and/or read the book, I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on it. Thanks for reading!)

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