i wanted to like the movie! i really did.
there were a lot of moments where i was like “oh this is gonna be epic!” or “my god its about to get good!” and then just…. nothing.
a lot of the directing was good. the opening was crazy and the scene where the common people were throwing their furniture out the window was great as well.
enjolras was fcking fantastic and so was eponine. hugh jackman wasnt even bad, pretty opposite. it wasnt even that the acting was horrible - its just that to successfully execute the kind of privileged moment that the book does, theres a lot that needs to be perfect.
at one point, the movie was very reminiscent of twilight - i just wanted to laugh because everything was so hysterical and repetitive throughout.
the very first mistake was casting russel crowe - whether his singing was good or bad, i cant even place it. it’s not necessarily that hes a horrible singer; his voice was simply very distracting. his performance as javert? brutal. the only thing you see of javert in the movie is him as a villain.
les miserables is about the very nature of law and justice (or lack of it?), the brunt misery of the wretched poor at the time, unrequited love, familial love, and the impossible objectivity of morality.
you get none of that because all the characters are so one dimensional in the movie.
you dont get to see javert’s inner conflict - is JVJ such a bad man if he has done all this good? and who is to say where the ledger is? this kind of tumultuous thought drove him mad - to the point of suicide.
fantine’s “i dreamed a dream” lasted longer than the rest of her screen time. before fantine was even developed, they killed her off. where was her youthful affair with thomolyes? or the way she was treated by the thernardiers? fantine’s brief time on the screen is weak. fantine is a sacrificial martyr - being spurned everywhere she went and forced to turn to selling her body. And when that was not enough, she sold body parts to come up with the money that she thought was going to provide for her daughter (which it wasn’t). this is a mothers undying urge to care for her flesh.
fantines role in the movie = a woman who loses her job and accidentally becomes a prostitute. and then she dies.
then eponine. the girl who played eponine did a FANTASTIC job. what they chose to write in of eponine into the movie was not. eponine was NOT ALWAYS GOOD! She’s supposed to be confused about her desire to do well by Marius! shes supposed to be related to gavroche! and has a sister! she wasn’t JUST Marius’ love puppet, she was so much more…. she saved the lover of the man she loved and still hoped to die with him, but in her dying moment, confesses she has a letter for him from the true object of his affection despite knowing it was not her all because she is scared he will be mad at her in the afterlife. eponine was the pillar of resilience in the face of unrequited love.
jvj wanted to kill marius at some point. marius took cosette away from jvj at another point. javert actually makes allowances for jvj toward the end. marius owed the thernardiers. marius was not at the barricade because he was too busy being lovesick.
the fact that i could go on and on about how insipid the characters were compared to their book versions is sickening.
they say a picture is worth a thousand words…. so how come the books are always better?