I began writing a review of Les Misérables a couple days after seeing it for the first time, and let me tell you that it started out much differently than I hope this is going to be. I've seen it again since, and it was even better than the first time because I was able to look for and appreciate more little things rather than trying to take in the enormity of the big picture. And big it was--wow, such a huge undertaking. I do not envy the filmmakers who decided to take on this massive project. They had a lot of people counting on them.
|the bishop had caused the dawn of virtue on his horizon; cosette evoked the dawn of love|
|will you permit it?|
|and then, do you know, monsieur marius, I believe I was a little in love with you|
But for others, who did not know this story by heart, it pained me that Marius and Cosette had only one day together. It pained me that Grantaire didn't get his solo in "Drink With Me." It pained me that Russell Crowe didn't come close to doing justice to one of the most epic literary antagonists of all time. It pained me that this and that and the other thing were left out or changed, because it scared me that this was the only Les Mis many people will ever know, and everything must be perfect for this cherished, almost hoarded story to be brought to the public so vulnerably.
|remember that name: fantine. fall on your knees whenever you pronounce it|
|the power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in|
The story is sure to be talked about, discussed, seen, appreciated, and yes, under-appreciated too. But the important thing is it's getting shared and spoken and screamed and played out in front of people's eyes and in people's souls.
Yeah, it's going to be under-appreciated as well, and that really does kill me a little inside, because as epic and brilliant as the film was, it is better onstage (go see it if you ever have a chance) and of course, as the original novel. It couldn't do justice to everything, no, but you know what's funny? The movie has been much more widely acclaimed by the general public than by critics--just as the stage show was when it opened 28 years ago, and just as the 1862 novel was before that. And that's strangely fitting for a story like Les Misérables, that it is most popular with the people, just as it has been for years.
|a charming young man, who was capable of being terrible|
Did you see the film? Were you acquainted with the story at all beforehand? Thoughts/opinions? Please oh please, do tell. I love a good chat about Les Mis.