The phenomenon that is Les Miserable

It took 27 years for Les Miserables to be made into a film from its origins in the theatres of first Paris then London. The film, which is a glowing tribute to the musical created by Cameron Mackintosh, is already touted as the best British film of all time that is guaranteed to make audiences cry. The film has the perfect casting, the perfect director and the perfect film editing.

The film is based on a musical that was based on a book by Victor Hugo and focuses on the story of Jean Valjean, played in the film by Hugh Jackman. Valjean has been imprisoned for 19 long years and was bound like a slave just for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his starving nephew. When Jean Valjean gets out of prison, he is relentlessly pursued by Inspector Javert, played by Russell Crowe, who is suspicious about Valjean’s motives.

Valjean turns his life around and becomes wealthy by creating a factory business. He adopts Cosette, played by Amanda Seyfried, who is the daughter of the prostitute, Fantine, played by Anne Hathaway. Javert continues to believe that Valjean is up to something so he continues to pursue him. Eventually, Cosette grows into a lovely young woman who falls in love with Marius, played by Eddie Redmayne.

The Thenardiers, played by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and dramatic actress, Helena Bonham Carter, provide the comic relief. The couple takes advantage of the poor Cosette when she was a little girl and they have their own daughter Eponine, played by Samantha Barks, who also is in love with Marius.

Tom Hooper, who was the director of the Oscar award winning film, The King’s Speech, is also at the helm here.. He has a different approach to the film as he records his singers during the filming instead of pre-recording their voices. The film lasts two hours and thirty minutes which is no small feat for its film editor, considering that the original musical lasts about three hours and thirty minutes.