les miserables

Les Miserables

When I was in high school, our drama group put on a production of Les Miserables. I'd never seen it before, and I didn't know what to expect, but it blew my mind. It was done on a tiny budget (Javert's jump into the river was represented by a string of lights suddenly flickering on and off) but the acting and singing was professional-grade level, I'm not even kidding. To this day- almost a decade later – it's the best thing I've ever seen on stage.

And the movie was good too!

So good. I loved very minute of it.

-Goddamn but Anne Hathaway deserves that Oscar nod. Was 'I Dreamed A Dream' done in one take? It looked like it. And her physical change was quite unnerving and DAMN SHE WAS GOOD. So was Hugh Jackman. He was bloody perfect. Nice going, Wolverine and Catwoman.

-I remember Samantha Barks from I'd Do Anything! Or vaguely, anyway. She was great. I was always slightly annoyed that all the promotional material didn't feature her more, I know she's not a big star like the others but still…

-Teeny little Daniel Huttlestone's Gavroche, oh he was brilliant. I knew he was going to die and it still depressed me. And then he was just lying there with his eyes open when Javert came across him, woe.

-I cried at Fantine's death. I bet you did too.

-The only song I missed was 'Dog Eat Dog'. I like the Thenardiers. (Well, not as people, but you know.) I actually sort of wished they were in it a little more. I always wondered if they ever grieved for, or heck, even missed Eponine.

-Russell Crowe was probably the weakest link singing-wise but I don't think he was as bad as people have been saying. Then again, I am tone-deaf. So I probably have no business commenting at all.

-CINEMATOGRAPHY SO PRETTY

In conclusion: it was everything I hoped for and it brought me right back to that little, packed school theatre at night six-odd years ago. I suspect I can never call myself part of the Les Mis fandom exactly- I can't even remember some of the tertiary character's names. But it always has a special place in my heart.

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Last night, I went to see one of my friends in the school production of Les Miserables. It was so incredibly good and if it wasn’t finished now I would so tell everyone reading this to go see it right away, even if that meant having to hop on a plane to England and go looking for an obscure town. :p

And now I have homework to do.