Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe,
Anne Hathaway, Amanda
Seyfried, Eddie Raymayne,
Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha
Baron Cohen, Isabelle Allen,
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 157 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/Comcast
Director: Tom Hooper
Executive Producer: Angela Morrison, Liza Chasin,
Nicholas Allott, F. Richard
Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra
Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
Writer: Willaim Nicholson, Alain
Schonberg, Herbert Kretzmer
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Jean Valjean is in prison for stealing a loaf of bread. A hard-hearted jailer named Javert monitors Jean. After getting out of prison, Jean is beaten and looked down upon by others. The only one who will shelter him is the Bishop. Housing him, feeding him, and blessing him, the Bishop shows God’s love, but Jean is a thief and steals the Church’s candles and ornaments. When the police catch Jean, they bring him back to the Bishop. They show the Bishop what he had done, but the Bishop gives Jean the ornaments and later tells Jean that he bought his soul for God. This leads Jean to cry out to God, pray for redemption and lay his life down to serve God.
Years pass and Jean has become an honest man of God. He has built a company and become the Mayor of a town. One of his workers, Fantine, isn’t liked by the others. They tell one of the supervisors she has a child out of wedlock. Fantine is dismissed from the company. This completely leads to her self-destruction.
Distressed and needing money for her sick daughter, Fantine becomes a prostitute. The level of self-destruction is completely saddening. This eventually kills Fantine, leaving her daughter an orphan.
When Jean hears of how Fantine was thrown out of his company, he comes to her side at the brink of her death. He assures her he will take her daughter, Cosette, as his own.
Even though God has completely transformed Jean, his old nemesis Javert (now a policeman) is on the search for him because he broke his parole. To avoid being found, Jean is constantly on the run. After finding Cosette in the hands of her despicable, lying, cheating aunt and uncle, Jean buys her from them. Together, they move to a new city. As more years pass by, Cosette has blossomed into a beautiful young lady. She has also won the heart of a young revolutionary.
LES MISÉRABLES is an incredible tale of transformation. Jean is a thief and a sinner. However, when he is shown mercy by the Bishop, Jean cries out to God, asking Him for forgiveness. After repenting, Jean clearly transforms and clearly sacrifices himself multiple times. Time and time again, crosses are shown, the love of God is stated, and a clear depiction of sacrifice is shown.
Media-wise caution is required, however, because the movie does show the harsh realities of a sinful world, showing Fantine’s self-destruction. Also, Cosette’s aunt and uncle are completely greedy liars who run a saloon and constantly act selfishly. These evils are clearly rebuked, however.
The production quality of LES MISÉRABLES is incredible, with moving scenes filled with depth and emotion. Wonderful voices reinvent the beloved songs from the original musical. The filmmakers stay true to the redemption so prominent to the story, showing crosses and sacrifice. With incredible sets and costumes, sometimes the scenes look like they’ve been taken from a painting from that time. LES MISÉRABLES is a marvelous achievement in every way.
LES MISÉRABLES is an incredible tale of transformation. Jean Valjean is a thief and a sinner. However, when the Bishop shows him mercy, Jean cries out to God and asks for forgiveness. After repenting, Jean clearly transforms and clearly sacrifices himself multiple times. Time and time again, crosses are shown, the love of God is stated, and a clear depiction is sacrifice is portrayed. The movie does show the harsh realities of a sinful world, with depictions of prostitution, suicide, greed, and cruelty. However, the ending of LES MISÉRABLES is a marvelous achievement that will truly inspire many.
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