A Film Review on Les Misérables

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"Do you hear the people sing? Sing the song of angry men..."

Perhaps many people are familiar with the song above, and this is from the movie called Les Misérables. The plot of the movie is based on the novel written by a French poet and playwright Victor Hugo. The beginning of the movie is set in the early 19th century France, in a prison. This movie is mainly about the main character, Jean Valjean, was sentenced to the jail for 19 years only because of having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving relatives. We can see that the lives of the people in those days are really poor and the laws and punishments are inhumane and too harsh for the criminals.

In the jail, Jean Valjean served as a slave as the other criminals did. His dignity was being ruthlessly destroyed by the police. Every day in the 19 years, he was commanded to do tons of forced labor. Then after 19 years, he decided to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly Bishop inspired him to, but he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Jean Valjean and a slew of characters he becomes entangled with get swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young students make their last stand at a street barricade.

I think this movie is very sad though I didn’t cry a bit throughout the whole movie as my friend did. I think this movie brings out a very strong message that no matter what life must go on. Jean Valjean was very tough and strong, he chose to accept the reality and face the difficulties that he would meet in the future. Also, the students who fought against the France government were very brave as well! They set up the barricade and share the same goal of hoping for peace and equality in France. Furthermore, I love the songs. The lyrics of each song of the movie have deep meaning and when people sang “Do you hear the people sing, singing the song of angry men?”, I find it really touching and I really appreciate the...
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