Today I went to see the fabulous, fabulous musical film ‘Les Miserables’ at the cinema. I very much enjoyed the film.
The film starred Hugh Jackman, who was absolutely superb. His acting was astounding and I wasn’t aware how powerful his singing voice was. I also loved Samantha Barks acting/singing voice. Fabulous to say the least! :0
The film also starred Russel Crowe, Anne Hatheway (fabulous actress), Amanda Seyfield, Helena Bonham Carter, Samantha Barks , Eddie Redmayne and a whole host of other actors.
The film is set in 19th century France. Jean Valjean is hunted down by the Policeman Javert, but he escapes being captured on a number of occasions. Some years later Jean Valjean is unaware that one of his employees, sacks Fantine, who is trying to make ends meet as a struggling single parent. She makes a little money for herself and her daughter after she has her own hair cut off and she sells it on to a woman who gives her a small amount of money for it. She turns to prostitution to enable her to afford to keep her child safe, however she has a run in with the man who sacked her from her job as a factory worker. She is threatened with imprisonment. She eventually becomes very ill and jean Valjean keeps a vigil by her hospital bedside. He makes a promise to Fantine that he will care for her daughter Cossette just before she dies. He tracks Cossette down. She is being mistreated by a publican and his wife. He gives Cossette a happier life by caring for her as a father. She falls in love with Marius. Jean Valjean helps to save him during a barricade battle....and that is the general gist of the story.
I was a full time Mother when I was divorced, therefore I could associate/understand the hardships a Mother has to go through when she is faced alone in the world. It's never easy. Poor health, suicidal thoughts spring to mind....but i don't want to go there, nor do I don't want to be reminded.
It is a very haunting story which really tugs at your heart. You really do need some tissues. J
The music is absolutely marvellous to say the least. I found myself wanting to sing the songs out aloud because I bought the soundtrack after watching the Westend musical. I remember playing the songs over and over again.