Les Miserables - 2012 A Movie Review

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Les Miserables- An Incredible Movie

From the very first scene, you will be gripped.

Tonight I saw Les Miserables in the theater with my two boys. I had been looking forward to it for months, and heard great things about it. More than that however, I heard many others anticipating it as well on Facebook and other places. As Christmas time approached, some people were even counting down the days.

Les Miserables is an incredible story. I had seen another version that Liam Neeson and that was amazing as well. This blew my socks off. Hugh Jackman was perfect for the part of Jean Valjean, and Anne Hathaway was outstanding. I was very moved by them both. I have always loved Anne Hathaway, and Hugh Jackman. These are my favorite roles they have ever acted in.

Russel Crowe was a pleasant surprise in this movie, even though he is one of my all time favorite actors. For some reason I didn't anticipate this from him. He did amazing in his role even though it was a bit villain like in parts. I have always loved Anne Hathaway, and Hugh Jackman. These are my favorite roles they have ever acted in.

Amanda Seyfried as the grown up Cosette was also perfectly cast, in my opinion. She did justice to her part and then some. The young Cosette played by Isabelle Allan was wonderful, as were the other children that acted in the movie.

What can be said that could sufficiently describe just how much this film moved me? Words kind of escape me at the moment. I will attempt however to share some more without giving away too much in the movie.

What makes Les Miserables such a Great Movie?

I have so many thoughts on this movie, but among the top things that really stood out to me are the concepts of good and evil, joys and hardships in life, survival, and living life to its fullest.

With everything from love, slavery, freedom and revolution, death and justice, this movie covers it all.

The characters played by Eddie Redmayne, and Samantha Barks were also well cast and very moving. Eponine and her part from a young girl that grows up is another twist in the story that one doesn't expect. We are used to things turning out certain ways in shows and movies, but this will shock you. Again, goodness and love wins out. A huge wow to the part played by Samantha Barks. She made me cry as well, her part was surprisingly touching and heartbreaking! Listen especially to her voice when she sings. She has an angelic voice. Her character though rather short in the span of time in the movie, she played no small part. A deep love, that showed to the end.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter brought an ounce of lightheartedness and humor to the film. My son wanted me to know that this was the guy that played Borat! They were funny and are both very fun actors.

It is actually not very easy to write a review for a movie that I love so very much, because it sounds almost cheesy or cliché to try to put into words just how amazing it is. I give major kudos to the director Tom Hooper. This was a story worth every effort and every penny to put out there. I am very grateful because Victor Hugo's story, Les Miserables, must be a known story to all that can know it. What an encouragement to humanity, this movie and story is! Classics in general can be wonderful, but this is above so many others.

Thoughts this movie might inspire to ponder a bit more:

You will have many thoughts run through your mind when yo use see this movie. Among them might be thoughts of life, freedom, slavery, liberty, love, brevity of life, things worth fighting for, doing what is right even when it is incredibly difficult, and pursuing good.

The times I cried in this movie might have numbered half a dozen! I was even prepared for it, because my boys told me I would, and I thought I would show them! Oh well, it was worth the having of extra tissues and napkins in my purse.

I loved the undertones, the undercurrents of very big themes running throughout. Redemption, second chances, changes of heart against all odds and more characterize this movie. One reaches the heights of heaven and goodness, and to almost hell with heartache and despair and injustice. Wanting a piece of bread for a hungry nephew began a chain of events that no one in their wildest dreams could ever imagine.

I think my favorite thing of all however, is how the greatest kinds of evils are conquered and quelled by great acts of goodness, forgiveness and love. Now those things, are very very inspiring to me, and will touch the deeper heartstrings if nothing else will. Not just anything can conquer great evils and injustices, unfairness and broken hearts. Some things can, however.

I will post some video trailers here, but they really should be seen in their proper parts in the movie. Incredibly "moving" acting, I was very amazed. Please, see this movie at some point in your future. You won't regret it. See it again and again.

What can top this movie? Perhaps reading the original novel by Victor Hugo. I don't think much else could top that. I take that back...being inspired to be the kind of good in the world that can also conquer great evils against all odds...now that is something worth replicating in life!


Hugh Jackman did make this role, "live."

Les Miserables Poll

Have you seen the movie Les Miserables, or read the book?

  • I have seen Les Miserables in the theater
  • I've seen one of the versions of the movie, on TV, Rental, or something like Netflix.
  • I have read the book only.
  • I have read the book and seen one of the movies
  • I have neither read the book nor seen the movie
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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Great review of the movie. Thanks for taking the time for your opinion and ideas. I do want to see it now.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

We saw it yesterday and I echo your review. Hathaway gave the performance of her lifetime....simply spine-tingling. The story itself is one of the great classics.


Lybrah 3 years ago

Great hub! You've included a lot of information. Check out mine if you get the chance.


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oceansnsunsets 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Carol, thank you very much. I hope you get the chance to see Les Miserables, its too good to miss!


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oceansnsunsets 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hi Billybuc, I agree about Hathaway. That was an absolutely stellar performance, and it made you feel it. I couldn't have been more impressed. I love the classics, and that is one of the bests, Les Miserables. Thanks for your comment.


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oceansnsunsets 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Lybrah, thanks for the visit and comment. Will stop by soon. So glad others liked it like I did, and I hope many people will go and see it.


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

It's on my list for the weekend. Everyone I know that has seen it liked it. Even the Grinch in my life enjoyed it. Hope it is as good as you say. I had to read the unabridged version in the 8th grade and really liked it then.


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oceansnsunsets 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Tirelesstraveler, I hope you enjoy it as much as I and many others enjoyed it! I have still not read it, if you can believe it, but it is on my list of things to do. Have a great weekend, and enjoy the movie Les Miserables!


Beth37 2 years ago

I saw both versions. I have to say, even though I am a musician, I loved the version with Liam Neesan more. I felt it offered more story and more hope, though the musical was very powerful and well done.


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Beth, I have also. I think that I agree with you, as the one with Liam Neesan was the one I saw first and had such initial impact. They are both really so different, are they not? They are both amazing to me, but I sure do love the older one a little bit more. More story and more hope are great reasons for thinking so, and I agree. Thanks so much for your comment.

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