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Film Criticism: Les Miserables


What will you do if you get jailed for 19 years just for stealing a loaf of bread? And what will you do if you get the parole you want? Are you willing to change, or continue to live as a thief that all people think of you? Les Miserables is a 2012 film directed by Tom Hooper that brings to life the famous novel by Victor Hugo in 1862. The film portrays the French Revolution in France during the 19th century. The Les Miserables story is adapted many times through plays and movie screens and has played the roles of famous actors and actresses. This film shows how patriotism and nationalism prevailed in the hearts of the French during the French revolution, which is very important for the people of France and for their history. The plan of this magazine is to give the people an idea of ​​what the history of Les Miserables is and how it describes the French Revolution during the 19th century.


For those who have not seen the film yet, Les Miserables focuses on the character of Jean Valjean played by Hugh Jackman, a man who is imprisoned for nineteen years for stealing a loaf of bread for his relatives and who wants to escape from hell. like imprisonment, for treating them like slaves. They watch and guarded by Javert played by Russell Crowe, Jean Valjean toiling non-stop until they give him his probation and send him out of jail and become a beggar on the streets. And he met a bishop (Colm Wilkinson) who helped him have the opportunity to change his self and repent to God. So he quickly seized the opportunity, John Valjean reinvents himself and becomes a successful businessman. But the day came when an old man was almost crushed to death and Jean Valjean helps him. While helping the old man, Inspector Javert witnesses Jean Valjean helping the old man with enough strength to lift the cart. So Javert became suspicious if Jean Valjean is the prisoner named 24601 who escaped due to his parole. And again fate intercedes a second time, when Jean Valjean meets Fantine played by Anne Hathaway, a beautiful woman expelled from glass production in a factory and later turned into a prostitute to send money to her daughter, Cosette (Amanda Seyfried). , who is in the custody of his uncle Thénardier (Sacha Baron Cohen) and his aunt Madame Thénardier (Helena Bonham Carter). After learning of Fantine’s good intentions in doing that job, Jean Valjean promised her that he would save Cosette. After that, the story expands to a heartbreaking love story, politics, and morality. As Jean Valjean raises Cosette as his own daughter. Until the young woman fell in love with Marius (Eddie Redmayne), a young nobleman turned revolutionary. And the story passes intercedes for the fate of the characters with the political upheaval that develops along the street of France.

Movie analysis

While watching Les Miserables movie, you will be surprised because you can see that the production spent a lot of money to produce such a wonderful movie. And the direction of the film is beautifully crafted, which can take you back to the 19th century. The production design, costumes, and other familiar piece of the film is what brings the award-winning play to life because it gives the viewer a vivid dimension that can bring viewers back to France’s past time. . Director Hooper is also the one who chooses which song the actors and actresses will sing in the film and that the songs come from the collaboration of the famous composer and record producer Claude-Michel Schönberg and the lyricist Alain Boublil. Because of the songs, the movie achieves the desired effect of the movie’s musical experience. The cast of actors does a good job of portraying the characters of the novel Les Misérables, especially those characters that stand out the most, which are Jackman, Hathaway, Redmayne and Crowe because as we can see in their facial expressions and emotions, they are the only ones who gives a good interpretation to the characters and the story.


After examining Les Misérables, the film’s theme is about forgiveness, self-sacrifice, and the courage that Victor Hugo wants us to realize, learn, and develop by watching Les Miserables. The first element is forgiveness and the first example is in one of the first scenes of the film, when Jean Valjean stole the silver and was captured by the police, but the bishop claimed that the silver was given to Jean Valjean as a sign of sorry because the bishop believes that Jean Valjean is a good person. The second example is when Jean Valjean let Javert escape death after being captured by the revolutionaries. The second element is self-sacrifice and an example of this when revolutionaries offer their lives only to protect and fight for their beloved country. The third element is courage and a good example of that is when Gavroche gets the ammunition from the dead soldier and sings “Can you hear the people sing?” Because he believed that he had the courage to fight for his country despite being a child. So in Les Miserables there are many things to learn and achieve. In conclusion, I highly recommend watching this movie because not only is it a beautiful movie, but it also provides historical context that is very interesting to watch. And this movie is not just plain and boring to watch because the actors who played the role are very good at playing the characters as well as portraying them. And for my part it is a very beautiful and well-executed film.

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