Les Miserables: The Film

Les Miserables movie poster

(Image from here)

Before seeing the film in the cinema I was not familiar with the story at all. When I was 15 or 16 the all -boys grammar school put on a production of ‘Les Miserables’ and a number of girls, many from my year group took part. I don’t know whether I was just so sickened of hearing them talk about it, or I was jealous I wasn’t going out with one of the boys, I didn’t bother going to see it. I regret it now, especially when old photos have started to appear on facebook! And the guy who played Javert I know to see and speak to often.

Anyway, I’ve seen it twice at the cinema. Loved it. I don’t think I really had a stance on musicals before. It definitely wouldn’t put me off, as it did for my sister.

Each story line was gripping, so exciting, and it was quite easy to follow despite me having no knowledge about the French Revolution.

It’s filled with drama and emotion. Any film that can make you cry harder the second time is a dramatic success! I swear, a sob escaped and I was absolutely mortified. I managed not to cry until the very end, although there are many tear-jerking and brilliant scenes throughout.

The music was wonderful, and etches itself into your brain, I have been happily singing ‘LOOK DOWN, LOOK DOWN, YOU’LL ALWAYS BE A SLAVE’ since seeing the film. The songs intertwine and echo back and work so well. Poor Russell Crowe has been getting a lot of flak for his singing. My Mum thought he seemed very uncomfortable, but he did a great job, I thought he was a good baddie. Hugh Jackman deserves an Oscar for sure. He was absolutely amazing as Jean Valjean, the escaped convict who turns his life around. As my friend said as we embarrassedly tried to wipe the tears away before the lights came on, “I didn’t know ‘oul Hugh had it in him!”

My Auntie text me before she had seen the film, saying she had seen Les Mis on stage in London years ago and still gets teased about her ‘very human story’ comments. I DO think it’s a very human story, and there are feelings of hope, pain and love played out before us, and those are things we are all very familiar with, perhaps not at this breath-taking pace but in our own ways.

Worth seeing. I loved it.


P.s Today (well yesterday now, gee I really need to be getting to bed) was Life Lyrics and Lemoncake’s 2nd blogiversary! No big deal being made this year, not like the extravagance of last year, but I have determination and quiet hopes for my trusy blog yet. Thank you for reading and sticking around.


Author: Fiona @ lifelyricslemoncake


11 thoughts on “Les Miserables: The Film”

  1. I’ve had “On my Own” stuck in my head since seeing it! I came downstairs the other day, after an emotive rendition of it in my bedroom, to a sarcastic round of applause from my mammy hahaha. It has solidified my new-found love of musicals, and I’d definitely see it again. Lovely post! x

  2. Congrats on Year 2 of your blog – and what a gift to the rest of us – even if you dont mark it in such a way this year. Those who are reading you and following you don’t need a big tado for your second year – we just need u to keep thinking and to keep writing!! And thereby making us think! It is a very human story and ‘look down’ is particularly important but, in my view more important is the story of the priest: ah you left without the most important gift, now take it and make something of yourself with it…its the story, from the gospel, of the talents of redemption. And Anne Hatheways great rendition of that amazing number: ‘there are storms we cannot weather….’ How to recognise them and let them go?

    Fiona thank you for your blog, its been a port in a storm, but re this musical…dont tire listening to it … it is a very HUMAN story anda story of human redemption too!!!

    1. Thank you Ann for the most poetic and thought-provoking comment I may have ever received ! Thanks for all the support and always reading. Means a lot.

      All your thoughts on Les Mis are so true and so interesting! Yes, can’t stop thinking about Les Miserables, through all that despair there still is hope! x

  3. Happy Birthday, Lemon! I’m sure there’s a Les Mis related flag-waving, victory will be yours pun about here somewhere, but I can’t think of it just now. So, sincere good wishes from me will hopefully suffice.

  4. Congrats on your two years!

    I loved les mis but part of me wished I’d waited a while before seeing it! I was desperately trying to hide my sobs from the man hogging the arm rest next to me 😦

    1. Thank you so much Abbye! Oh how that made me laugh. Weirdly, the first time I saw it (two days after it came out) it wasn’t so packed, but the next time it was ‘cheapy tuesday’ and we were hemmed in. I was so embarrassed.

      Did you ever cry at a film and have your man friend think there is something different badly wrong as he can’t see that the film is sad? This is also funny.

  5. Lovely review as usual. I think I need to go see it again too!
    And what Ann said is just lovely about your blog! Congrats on another milestone and keep writing and we’ll keep reading
    Lots of love xx

  6. Congrats on your blogiversary and thanks for stopping by my blog! Les Mis is my absolute favorite Broadway show, and although the theatre experience is admittedly different from the movies, I still loved the film. I agree with your assessment of Hugh Jackman — although his singing wasn’t fantastic, it worked well for him. Incredible performance.

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