It’s been a while.
I watched the Movie “Les Miserable” yesterday, one of the greatest novels of all-time in my opinion, and the movie was amazing.
The events of the story play in the 1800’s. It starts in 1815, when Jean Valjean is released from jail after being locked up for 19 years, and that’s for stealing a loaf of bread to save his hungry nephew.
We follow Jean Valjean throughout the years; seeing him transform from a man wronged by the law who wanted revenge and sought justice, to a man filled with love and forgiveness and tolerance. He suffered throughout the years, living on the run from that annoyingly cruel detective, but still maintained his forgiveness and compassion. I think what made him sane the most was Cosset, the girl he took in and took care of.
The story plays some true historical events, with many fictional characters, and we can see that when the events of the story lead us to the french revolution in 1832. or should I say “the failed revolution”. This event is also known as the “June Rebellion”.
The rebellion lasted for one day (from June 5 of 1832 to June 6, 1832), and it was led by Parisian students, republicans, where they represented the poor and needy. France was facing a lot of economic problems such as food shortage, harvest failure, and the increase in the living costs.
NOTE: The Insurgent Barricade by Mark Trauggot is a great book to learn more about the June Rebellion and the barricades. Here’s a link to an excerpt: http://www.ucpress.edu/excerpt.php?isbn=9780520266322
In 2009, The Telegraph rated Les Miserable, by Victor Hugo, as one of the 100 novels everyone should read; it ranked in 36 (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/4248401/100-novels-everyone-should-read.html ). And I think thats a testament as to how great this novel is; other newspapers and reviewers gave it a high rating as well.
I remember reading the book years ago, a short version of it though. and then I watched the 1998 movie which was actually quit good (1998 movie trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oni72Fl7xaw ). So recently the book club that I’m part of suggested reading the book, and I got the classic novel (1500+ pages). The funny thing is though, I didn’t connect the classic story with the old story I read, there were so many details that I didn’t recognize it.
And today I went to the movies and watched Les Miserable of 2012 that featured some of my favorite actors such as Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. The movie was long but still amazing. Sadly, I saw many people walk out of it. And I’m assuming thats because they don’t know the story of the movie, because everyone I know that loved it knew the story from before.
Yes the movie was a musical, the dialog was sung by the actors themselves. It was different…. interesting kind of different… and I must admit there were some boring parts where I wanted to fast forward, but over all it was amazing. The part where Anne Hathaway sang I dreamed a dream was amazing; it was filled with emotions. But my favorite scene was the closing scene, when all the dead souls sung in the shining morning in hope for a better France. (2012 movie trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuEFm84s4oI )
I recommend people to watch the movie, and if they didn’t read the story just read a summary of it and get an idea first, or else they might not enjoy the movie as much.
Thats it for now,
Until next time,