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Les Miserables – You should see it!

December 31, 2012

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Once upon a time I used to see a lot of movies in the theater.  Now, with four kids and a newborn, not so much.  But I had the opportunity on Saturday to see Les Miserables in the theater.  I LOVED it!  One of the things I liked about it was that I understood the story a lot better.  I’ve seen it several (2 or 3) times on stage, listened to the soundtrack, even played the songs on the piano…but there was so much of it that I didn’t get from the play.  For example, I’m embarrassed to say that this whole time I thought it was about the French Revolution.  From the beginning of the movie they flashed the dates up on the screen and suddenly I realized it wasn’t about the French Revolution as I had always thought, but what is called by some as the second revolution, or the July Revolution and June Rebellion.  All of the play takes place AFTER Napoleon crowned himself emperor, and was exiled.  (I’ve been reading a lot about the French Revolution recently, so I’m more famliar with the dates than I used to be.)  Anyway, enough of my history lesson, let’s talk a little bit more about the movie.

I thought the casting was excellent, and aside from my understanding things better, it was also nice to get a more upclose view to the characters and their emotions, since you’re so far removed during the play (at least I always was, maybe you got more expensive seats than me).  That being said, I think they were a bit heavy handed with their use of the “extreme closeup”.  I get it, they wanted to distinguish the movie from the play, but I would have liked to see more full body shots as well (mostly because I wanted to see the costumes better).  Overall, I loved the movie and I highly recommend seeing it – if not in the theater, at least rent it from the RedBox!  P.S. You’re probably going to cry at the end.

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