This is the only film version of this story to receive a nom from the Academy for best picture and it certainly deserves it! This film is beautiful and classic with wonderful acting. I have watched this film three times now and each time I believe it better. I think the best acting job in this film comes from Frederich March, who plays Valjean. He is really amazing... The best scene in this version, I think, is when Jean Valjean says what he thinks is goodbye to Cosette. I also love the scene when Valjean finds out an innocent man has been mistaken for him and he needs to decide whether to show himself or not.
COMING SOON....As soon as I get to watch it one more time! (I've only seen this version once.) I would rate this as the lowest of the three versions I've seen, but it was still great.
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This version came out to rent November 3rd (it's playing on DirectTicket now, btw...not in widescreen, though, which annoys me...) Let me just say that (even though I think Apple and I are the only ones who think so) THIS FILM IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Okay, sometimes it isn't exact to the original story, but every re-telling changes it a bit. Yes, they didn't have Enjolras or Eponine, but this was only a 2 hour movie...I didn't really mind the changes because all the movies before it changed the story around as well. The only changing I found really odd was when Valjean tells Cosette about his past and Fantine before his death...I know this version ended before his death but it would have been more dramatic that way, but I'M NOT COMPLAINING! :-)I wish for it to be this years Academy winner but I know it won't be because of how some of the other films have such Oscar buzz, and as mentioned, everyone hated it, I think. Well, I was correct earlier with saying Uma Thurman turned out the best acting performance of the film, IMO, anyway. Especially compared to the actresses who portrayed Fantine in the earlier films! But the others in this amazing as well, like Liam Nesson and Geoffrey Rush! I am in love with the whole story of Les Miserables and I would probably like a film on it that was even only okay but this film is spectacular, really. Well...in my opinion...my favourite scenes are the scenes with Fantine right before her death, and when they fired her...and when Valjean says goodbye to Cosette...and a lot of others, I only wish they would have continued past the ending, and put Eponine and Enjolras in, but then it would have turn into a 3 hr. + film which I would have loved but...okay, ANYWAY...:-)
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