Written by William Nicholson, Claude-Michel Schonberg
Directed by Tom Hooper
Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway & Samantha Barks
Les Mis is a difficult movie to Review. Never in history has there been such story so eloquently told in such a moving and powerful way. This review will not be on the voices of the actors or the songs of the musical. This is a review of the story itself.
Victor Hugo wrote a novel and published it in 1862. This novel basically summed up what the current political psyche has been for the past 300 years. What was compelling to victor Hugo in the Mid 17th century is still compelling today. Consequently most notable critiques gave poor reviews of his book despite its public popularity. “A book for the people” one might say. This film is an adaptation of that story mixed with other adaptations that have permeated down through the generations.
Why do we tell old stories? The answer is simply put because they are powerful. A truly good story is hard to find. And once you find it its hard to keep with you. Humanity is plagued with forgetfulness and stories help us remember. What do we need to remember? One thing the common man is prone to forget is our own humanity and compassion for ‘The Miserable’ and beaten down.
Hugh Jackman plays Jean Valjean with a wonderful olive oil voice. Russell Crowe as Javert sings beautifully. Anne Hathaway will bring tears to your eyes while she weeps. Samatha Barks might just steal the show.
The point of this story is spoken aloud in one of the final songs. Simply “Remember the truth that once was spoken: To love another person, is to see the face of God” This story brings that sentiment out through every facet of life from politics to personal relationships. And it is nothing if it doesn’t move you.