I once performed in Les Miserables, as part of a school play that was so good it made the front page on the Hamilton Spectator, and I really loved playing it. That fact set the bar pretty high for this movie. And surprisingly enough, it met that bar. It reminded me of the play a lot, but at the same time there were a lot of small differences that I have mixed feelings about. There’s a part of me that thinks they should have stuck to the original script a lot more, but the rest of me thinks that they’re interesting and more-or-less welcome changes to the story. I am intrigued by some of the aesthetic choices in the movie in a good way, and it changed how I view some of the characters, adding a bit more depth to them. And without spoiling anything, I also found all of the special features extremely intriguing. If you’re a fan of the play, then you should see this movie. Or if you want a reason to cry, then this is definitely your movie!
@R2-D2 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library