Les Miserables Reviews
Addendum: my appreciation for this film only grows upon each subsequent rewatch. I particularly enjoy how the political and cultural subtexts are simply a setting, the story shunning delving too deeply into the cultural context. What matters here are the individual people, their hearts and souls. In the grand scheme of this story, the swirling political tensions are unimportant at best, and one could read the portrayal of the revolutionaries, so often glorified in other screen portrayals, as downright cynical. A daring move that I think pays off dividends, keeping the focus solely on the core individuals of the story (as well as making an interesting philosophical statement).
This is not my favorite version and I do not feel pulled to watch it again, but it was ok. The first half was excellent, the last part goes downhill. Still, a good movie that I am glad that I watched.