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Les Miserables Movie Review

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CRUZ, Winnie Crystal P.
BSE - II
Les Miserables (2012), A Movie Review

Directed by: Tom Hooper
Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh and Working Title Films.
Cast: Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Javert) , Anne Hathaway (Fantine) , Amanda Seyfried (Cossette), Eddie Redmayne(Marius Pontmercy),Helena Bonham Carter(Mrs. Thénardiers), Sacha Baron Cohen(Mon. Thénardiers), and Samantha Barks(Eponine.)
From the book:   Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Publisher of the book: Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Cie.
Movie production: Filmed in London and Hampshire, England and Gourdon, England.

Historical Background:
It is said that Les Miserables was written two decades after the French Revolution had started. Basically, the French Revolution was all about fighting for equality because their order in society wasn’t at all fair. Thus, all social classes were put into war, and at the same time, there had been economic hardships and struggles. Often times there were food shortage even, sometimes not enough for the entire population of France. The French Revolution was a bloody fight indeed, just like what in Les Miserables had depicted for us. It was pretty much a war between the lower classmen and their unruly government.

The characters:
There are quite a lot of characters in the story, but let’s dwell on the important ones. Jean Val Jean, the protagonist of the story. He is first seen as an ex-convict who wanted to change for the betterment of himself by concealing his real identity and starting anew. There is also the bishop, named Myriel who helped Valjean change his ways. Next, we have Javert, the policeman who follows the law strictly. A woman named Fantine, with her child Cosette. The Thernadiers and their offsprings, Eponine and Garvorche. We also have, the members from the ABC, namely Marius Pontmercy and Enjolras.
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