Movie/Book/Musical: Les Misérables
Title: Les Misérables
Author: Victor Hugo
Synopsis: In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever.
There have been many many adaptations of this book. There’s the Broadway Musical, the 1998 Movie, and now the movie based on the Musical. The story evokes many emotions, and everyone has their favorite rendition of how the story is told. My actual first introduction to the story was the 1998 Movie Version with Liam Neeson as Valjean.
Before I get the OMG how could you like that you Heathen! Despite the fact I’m sure true fans of the book and musical can give me a couple hundred reasons why this version sucked, I will argue – it introduced the story to a new audience. Not everyone has sat down to read the 1488 pgs. I love to read and even that number makes the book daunting. And not everyone has seen the Musical.
The most famous and well known adaptation is the Musical. The first English Performance was in England in 1985 and as they say the rest is history. The Musical as become a huge success and a theatre classic.
I have never seen the Theatre Production. Once again before I get the OMG Heathen how could not have seen this!!!! Well there are a few reasons: Anytime it arrived into LA it was sold out before you could blink, and I really didn’t have the few hundred dollars for the back row tickets. Second reason – I’m not a musical fan. There I admit it, not a fan of musicals. Sitting through a musical throws me off… I like to listen to the music and songs and hear what they are saying not being shown what they are saying.
Now the latest version is a movie based on the Musical Theatre Production. Yeah get your head around that one. It caught my attention quickly because hello Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman.
Now I’ve heard the reviews and read the critics ranging from this was the best thing since slice bread to the bitch rants on the fact Jackman and Crowe don’t have good enough singing voices for the roles. Now I’m not a musical fan but even I can tell you there is a difference between Broadway Actors and Hollywood Actors. Getting someone who can belt out Stars and I Dream a Dream on Broadway is totally different then finding an actor/actress who can act on film and sing.
Now what makes something like Les Misérables interesting for Sylum is the fact there are multiple versions of the same storyline. Finding and creating a backstory to make it fit the original storyline and Sylum can get creative. The characters Valjean and Javert have been in Sylum for a while, but recently were changed to fit the new movie version. Why you ask? Because it actually fit Sylum Storyline better than the original images/actors. That and hello Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe :D.
So the questions I’m tossing out for the discussion are these. Which is your favorite version? Book? Movie? Broadway Musical? Movie based on Broadway Musical? Another one I haven’t seen or heard of? Do you like the variety of versions? Or hate it? If your a fan of the Musical which song speaks to you the most? Which character do you feel for?
As for Sylum – are you looking forward to seeing how these men will play in a modern world? Curious on how they do get together? Or you just looking at Bob going – dude wtf?
It’s Thursday – so lets discuss!!!