Film Review – Les Miserables

Indeed the best thing you can do to escape boredom is to read your favorite book or you can just eat while watching a movie or film. Nowadays millenials are fond of reading fictional stories and or series like Harry Potter and Divergent series are one of the most favorite at all times. This not ends just by reading the book but watching it as they were published as a movie or a film. Last time we watched the film, Les Miserables that was written by Victor Hugo in 19th century. Basically the story started in 1862 at Paris; French Revolution. As the slaves or the criminals get off of the ship wreck 24601 was stopped by the captain Javert and was asked to retrieve the flag but it was hard for him because it was too heavy, after that he received a parole and has been invited into a priest’s home and that was how the story started, 24601 who was Jean Valjean wants to be free of being a slave.

“Don’t forget my name. I am Javert.” The captain said, who gave the parole to Jean Valjean and was named as 24601, the man who’s having a hard time to retrieve a flag. Upon receiving the parole he was full of anger because he was imprisoned for nineteen years – at hard labor – for breaking into a bakery, stealing a loaf of bread, then trying to escape from his life as a galley slave.

At this point he was invited into a priest’s home and was welcome as if he’s not an ex convict. By that time, he realised something, his heart filled with hope again because of the priest’s words. He torn the parole as a sign of being free of him. He decided to start again but not being Jean Valjean. He became a mayor and was called as Monsieur Madeliene. He noticed a commotion and there, he met Fantine who was forced to work as a prostitute for her to save Cossette’s life. Before Fantine’s death he made a promise to find Cossette. When he met Cossette, he took care of it as if it was his own child. All these years being Monsieur Madeliene, captain didn’t stop to find him. But in the end, Cossette fell in love with Marius and Valjean decided to tell the truth to Marius then leave after that. Marius and Cossette got married when the Thenardiers enters they brag about Jean Valjean. Marius forced them to tell where Jean Valjean is. Jean Valjean was about to die when the newlywed couple arrived. Jean Valjean was talking to Fantine in his mind. At that time Valjean confessed and Cossette assure him that she’s going to be okay.

The title itself already gives an idea as to what it means. Les Miserables is a French word which means, ‘the miserable ones’. The characters in the story, especially Jean Valjean was miserable.

He is miserable to escape and to be free of being a slave. And then he met Fantine, who’s working in the factory and was unemployed. She was forced to work as a prostitute to save her daughter’s life. Cossette who was treated like a slave, Marius of being in love to Cossette and Eponine who was miserably in love to Marius. Captain Javert who dedicated his life of being a captain, he was exhausted and is miserable that he ended his life. Slavery also depicts the story. The French people who starved in the streets and who cannot even protest in their own country. However, in the character of Jean Valjean he didn’t let this passed, he set his self free from slavery.

With this evidences, symbolism and imagery the author was able to show that people cannot be slave at any cost or instance clearly. The French revolution was given a justice by the use of the poetical manner of writing of Victor Hugo.

A Film Review About the Film Les Miserables

Les Misérables tells the story of Valjean, a proud and decent man imprisoned for stealing bread to save his sister’s family from starving. Once released, he is viciously pursued by police officer Javert for breaking the terms of his parole, but makes a Hardyesque career leap into respectability, becoming a mayor and factory owner. His path crosses that of his poor employee Fantine whose grownup daughter Cosette is to fall fatefully in love with revolutionary firebrand Marius just as Paris erupts in violence, and as Valjean must make his final reckoning with Javert.

It conquers its audience with weapons all its own: not passion so much as passionate sincerity, not power so much as overwhelming force. Every line, every note, every scene is belted out with strong conviction and unbroken, continuous intensity. The physical strength of this movie is impressive: it is inspiring and done with enormous effort, just like Valjean’s as he lifts the flagpole at the beginning of the film. You can almost see the movie’s muscles flexing and the veins standing out like cords on his forehead. At the end of the film, you really have experienced something.

The most heart felt scene comes in his movie’s opening act, as Valjean is astonished and moved by the Christ-like charity of the Bishop who takes him in, and forgives him for attempting to steal silverware, making him a present of it and protecting him from arrest (“I have saved your soul for God”). Valjean sings a monologue directly to camera (“Why did I allow this man to touch my soul and teach me love?”), eyes blazing with a new knowledge. There’s no doubt about it, this scene grabs the attention of every viewer.

Other moments are less successful. Fantine’s keen rendition of the Dreamed a Dream, in extreme close-up, has been much admired, but for me her performance and appearance is a bit over acted. Her poor character is supposed to have pitifully sold her teeth to a street dentist.

The star is Jean Valjean. But Javert offers the most open, human performance I have seen from him. His singing is so sweetly not self conscious that there is something puzzlingly engaging about Javert, even when he’s being a cruel, unbending law-officer and royalist spy. I’ll never love Les Misérables the way its fans love it, and I’m uncertain about the film, with its strange hidden messages. But as big-screen show, this is unique.

Les Miserables: A Film Review

Think about the mortification and the distress of the individuals who spent years in prison, who have served their time and apparently paid their debt to the society, yet they are never given another opportunity; they are dealt with as dangerous people who are still a threat to their communities. This film review will focus on the character of Jean Valjean and his struggles to transform himself from a thief into an honest man; throughout the years he struggles to stay a step ahead of the police officer Javert and attempts to raise his adopted daughter, Cosette.

Jean Valjean was a fair man, but through the force of a desperate situation, he committed a minor crime of taking a loaf of bread to sustain his family, and was sent to the jail. Valjean arrived in the village after being in prison for nineteen years. Due to his criminal records, he struggles in finding employment, lodgings, and indeed any place in the society. Exhausted and demoralized, he discovers comfort and accommodation at the home of a Bishop. However, amid the night Valjean repays him by stealing all his silverware. He was then caught by the police, but the Bishop claims that the silverware was his gift to Valjean and that police officers should let him go, but not before making him promise to live a good life from now on. This demonstration of empathy and generosity by the Bishop caused him confusion and bewilderment. He now sees himself that he has a decision to make and that is to begin once more. Valjean then moved to the town of Montreuil-sur-mer and became a rich mayor. One day, Valjean bumped into a prostitute named Fantine and guarantees them that he’ll take care of her and her daughter, Cosette. He goes and uncovers his fortune and tries to find Cosette. And when he found her, he then brought Cosette with him in Paris. Not long after staying in Paris, they moved and lived in a convent. When they left, Valjean and Cosette lived a comfortable life. Valjean then recognizes that her adopted daughter, Cosette, had fallen in love with a boy named Marius. When he discovered how much Marius, Cosette’s admirer, adores her, Valjean immediately ran into the heart of a street rebellion to save the kid by carrying his unconscious body through the Paris sewers. When Marius and Cosette got married, Valjean uncovers his true past to Marius. His loneliness eventually killed him, but not before Marius learns the truth about Jean Valjean saving his life that night. Marius and Cosette stayed by Valjean’s side and told him they loved him until he passed away.

Symbolism is something that is woven deep within Les Misérables. The first symbol shown is when Jean Valjean finally gets out of the prison, he’s handed a “yellow ticket”, it is like a ticket to freedom. Jean Valjean is required to carry it with him at all times in order to show people that he is an ex-convict, or else he’ll be in violation of his parole and go back to jail. The major problem is that this ticket makes people turn him away wherever he goes. And that’s because the “yellow ticket” is a symbol of social rejection. As Valjean says to Bishop, “This is my ticket-of-leave – yellow, as you see. That’s why everybody turns me away.” The yellow ticket symbolizes the terrible way society treats its outcasts. It shows us that “freedom” doesn’t mean a whole lot if what it means is that you’re free to starve and die. At the end of the film, we might have forgotten about the Bishop’s candlesticks, but Jean Valjean sure hasn’t forgotten. He passed away in the light of two candles that are mounted in these candlesticks, which is considered as another symbol used in the film. These candlesticks showed exactly how modestly the Bishop is willing to live in order to give financial help to the needy people in his community. Also, these are the most prominent symbol of compassion in Les Misérables, and they shed a light that always brings love and hope. When Bishop gave Valjean his silver candlesticks, he is literally passing on this light as he tells Valjean that he must promise to become an honest man. Subsequently, the candlesticks reappear frequently to remind Valjean of his duty. When Valjean dies, the candlesticks shine brightly across his face, a symbolic affirmation that he has attained his goal of love and compassion. The appearance of the candlesticks here suggests that Jean Valjean has succeeded in keeping his promise to the Bishop and has lived a good life.

Les Misérables showed how God’s love prevails light over dark. Forgiveness, sacrifices, and persistence are indeed evident throughout the film; delivering the clear message to the viewers. Unknowingly, Les Misérables was a movie produced in the year of 2012 but it seems that it was produced only this year since it has an astounding cinematography and as well as visual effects. The events were very unpredictable and it indeed grabs the attention of the audience. Additionally, the performing artists depicted their individual characters impressively. In terms of imagery, the film utilized to show moments of rebirth and a new and positive beginning, specifically in the characters of Jean Valjean, Fantine, and Cosette. As for Jean Valjean, his major turning point as a character was shown when the Bishop gives Jean Valjean some silverware. With the grace of the bishop, he turns from the darkness toward the good of God. These candlesticks and his promise to the bishop served as guide of light on his path to redemption. Generally, the film was incredible and worth viewing.