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Throwback Monday: Les Misérables (2012)

By Shafiyqah  /  06 Sep 2021 (Monday)

THROWBACK MONDAY-  Features Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, a prisoner, breaks parole in order to start life anew. He soon becomes the caretaker of a young girl but his past comes back to catch up with him. Starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Samantha Barks, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit and David Huttlestone.

Les Misérables , or colloquially Les Mis, is a French historical novel about the French Revolution written by Victor Hugo. As much as many reports indicate really like the film, what is presented is not exactly what occurred during the French Revolution, which spanned from 1789 to 1789. It was formerly recognized for its musical adaption before it was made into a film. The musical was first performed in France in 1980, under the direction of Robert Hossein.

Following its enormous success, it released a film adaptation of "Les Misérables ".

Many of us watch these types of movies because of the heritage, prestige, and honour felt throughout the ordeal and the emotional associated  with the characters. The film adaptation attempts to present Valjean who strives to create a new life amidst all the mayhem around him.You may see how the political upheavals and corruption of the French Revolution impacted the lives of the French.

Having to win multiple awards, such as the Oscars Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Anne Hathaway, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing for Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, and Simon Hayes. Eve Stewart and Anna-Lynch Robinson, among others, received BAFTA awards for best production design. Certainly, there are remarkable scenes from the film adaptation that have stayed with us.

1) Do You Hear The People Sing?

This is one of those scenes in film history that will undoubtedly be passed down to the future generation. The movement itself was empowering, and individuals who are deemed "lowly" in terms of status can be seen with grit in their eyes. The scene sends shivers down your spine with its emotion.

2) Look down + The Bishop

When the Bishop confesses it was true that he gave Valjean the silver, Valjean must be overcome with emotion.It's the first time someone has been actually kind to him. I would certainly be as taken back as he was. 

3) The Confrontation 

The difference in authoritive tone between Valjean and Javert throughout this sequence, as well as when it cuts to how Javert was born as impoverished as Valjean, revealed something that many may or may not be surprised by. I like the feelings exhibited in this sequence because you can obviously see the emotions in their eyes and they're transmitting everything through the film's essence, which is, of course, singing. Which made me wonder how the actors were able to keep their voices and actions under control.

4) Javert's Suicide

Throughout the film, we witness how Javert is constantly conflicted with his moral compass which ultimately resulted him taking his own life. Do you think his decision was wise? Or, do you think think he could have changed his ways and use the power he has to make a change in the system?

5) Epilogue

The scene was heartfelt as we watch Fantine's spirit take Valjert's soul away with her to paradise. There's something about the lyrics that speaks volume like, "come with me, where chains will never bind you. all your grief - at last, at last, behind you.” Every day is a battle. In some ways, we can use this as a motivator to battle every day to attain our goals because nothing can stop us.

The nature of Les Misérables necessitates constant singing. The film frequently depicts people in positions of authority and those who are marginalized along poverty lines. Though we may agree that criminals should be imprisoned, the misuse of authority by the higher-ups was unimportant. The picture was hailed as expertly mounted but occasionally bombastic by some on rotten tomatoes. Every sentence and scene contains a powerful set of meanings that you must try to decipher. Each word carries significance that may go overlooked. Certainly, the ensembles were a visual feast. The production design, set during the French Revolution, was well-executed, and the cinetomagraphy will not let you down.

With Les Misérables, you can feel empowered and sing your heart out.

While you're killing time, head over and watch the movie here:Google Play 

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