Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.
The last time I read Victor Hugo was probably the last time I saw a live version of Les Miserables. It’s been awhile.
Usually after watching a live version of Les Mis, I inevitably turn to reading Victor Hugo’s book – again.
Tonight, I found myself sitting in a packed theater where the only detectable ambient noise was the sniffling sounds of movie viewers wrapped in a powerful story.
As I looked around the theater, I noticed how the audience was moved to complete silence … the silence was pretty loud except for the sniffles that were clearly not being held back.
I wonder how many will be exposed to Les Miserables for the first time with the Tom Hooper version. I must say that the big screen creates a raw intensity of an already intense story through actor close-ups which capture the intense facial expressions often unseen in a live performance – a few seats make all the difference in a play.
I was blown away by how many folks allowed the movie to grab their emotions. The actors took their craft and roles very seriously which is clearly seen by how they moved the audience to tears.
Les Miserables, is a moving story that is not to be missed. The performances by Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe, Samantha Barks and the entire cast really moved our theater.
This is a musical. The whole movie is a musical.
That out of the way, the lyrics are very moving. If you’re familiar with the play, you’ll know what to expect. However, be prepared for a more intense experience due to the actor close-up shots and captured facial expressions.
So this isn’t exactly a geeky, technical or social media topic, but Les Miserables is such a fine story and captures some pretty big issues, I just had to share my little opinion about this big movie.
If you don’t like musicals, you may not like this lengthy movie. If you like variety and well told stories (sad ones), stories that can have impact on one’s life, this is an emotional roller coaster worth the line.
Just go see it … get lost in it like our audience did … and don’t worry if a tear or two comes out.
Check out the comments on the Les Misérables Facebook Page if you’re not quite sure about seeing it.
Twitter also has some great comments under the #LesMis hashtag. For a little more esoteric Twitter search, try #24601.
[Update] How can someone lose a 1,488 paged book?