I myself am a big lover of Musicals. Nothing beats the way a good musical can make you feel; lifting your spirits high into the rafters and causing you to dream ...
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I honestly believe these actors did an incredible job at portraying the harsh reality of the French revoIution. Perhaps that was why this movie was hard to stomach - instead of the cheerful, uplifting nature usually found in Musicals, I experienced an extremely heartfelt and emotional portrayal of the struggling lives of many in France during the 19th Century. I was confronted with a life I'd never known or even heard of.
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This musical was incredibly different to what I expected, or even usually enjoy about a musical. I do, however, respect it's writers and director who were able to bring me into a life far from my own, causing my heart to ache for the victims of that horrible era. If enjoyment wasn't achieved from this musical for me personally, at the very least my eyes were opened to the reality of life back then, prompting extreme gratefulness on my part. The stories of those told through Les Mis, and many like them endure through time as a legacy - a testament to their courage and fighting spirit, which will continue to touch the hearts of generations to come.
If you haven't seen this movie for yourself, I highly recommend you check it out. I have heard that the stage production of this musical is quite different from the movie itself, so whatever opinion you have of the movie, keep your mind open to exploring it on the stage. You just may be surprised at what you find.