Sunday, December 30, 2012

Guest Review: 'Les Misérables' Will Move You

By James Phyrillas

So, I decided that I couldn't wait, ahem - "one day more" - to see "Les Misérables," and I saw it today. Now, I have a heart of stone and a belief that humanity cannot be changed for the better (sound familiar?). That being said, I've never cried more in my entire life. 

This film takes everything that makes a film great and does the exact opposite. There's no flashy effects, no clever camera styles, and none of those cheap flashback moments. No, instead, this film is fueled only by human emotion. The people in the film live in true misery. Children are murdered, and their blood lines the streets of Paris. This film has a very clear understanding of death and how it feels to others. When a character goes through suffering, it is felt by everyone. 

Which reminds me, I must credit the actors for this, specifically Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. (Sasha Baron Cohen and Helena Boham Carter also do a lot to liven things up.) And of course, there's the religious standpoint of it all: Jean Valjean puts all his faith in God, and everything turns around for him. Javert acts like all those other religious wackos who think they have the power to damn people, and look where that gets him. But when it is all over, the grand finale is perhaps the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I'm getting teary-eyed just typing this, I hope I don't short out the computer. This is a film for the ages, my personal greatest film of all time. All I can say is, I'm proud to serve my God.

Yeah, that's right. I'm tired of hiding my personal reviews of movies. I'm going to make Facebook a movie-reviewing site! VIVA LA REVOLUTION...yeah, I'm never gonna get over this movie.

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