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23 January 2013


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First, I am going to have to give your new favorite date a try! That sounds great!

Second, I like your take on the film. We saw it, but I just could not relate to so many of my friends commenting about weeping through the movie. It was well done and I can appreciate that. I like Russell Crowe and I am not a music buff so his singing was good enough for me. I thought that Fontaine's and Cosette's songs were beautifully sung. But I was very ready for it to be done; I only got teary-eyed in the very final scenes.

I read the book about 15 years ago and was not theologically where I am now, so I could appreciate more this time the character development of Val Jean vs. Javert, and how grace affects both. I saw that in the movie. And perhaps because the movie was only the main events of the book, I could see that difference.

Now, though, I am very interested in the movie with Liam Neeson; it is in my watchlist.


The movie with Liam Neeson was my first exposure to the story. I loved it, and it made me want to read the novel - which I haven't done. Then we saw the film recording of the stage play, which fleshed out the story even more...but I really think I should read the BOOK before I see any more video of any sort.
Thank you for a thoughtful and helpful review!

LeeAnn Balbirona

Let's see, I was exposed to the soundtrack first, twenty ish years ago, didn't love it or hate it. Saw the Liam Neeson film, thought it was boring, fifteen years ago. Saw the musical theater production last summer, overwhelmed by the bigness of it, everything action, volume, emotion, great singing too. Loved the film (I didn't care for HBC or SBC either but I don't know whether that's because it was more raunchy than the stage version or just their performances) and took my two teen daughters to it. Liked Russell Crowe's singing better than Hugh Jackman's singing, but it's not really a fair comparison, they're very different parts. I liked the film enough to finally pick up the book and start reading it. Enjoyed the first hundred pages, 1100 more to go... :) All in all, I thought it was a very good movie, but it tells a different story than the book.


I really want to read the book again now. I read some of it in French ages and ages ago, and definitely read it in English in high school, but I don't have my old paperback copy anymore. Time to spend my Christmas bookstore gift cards...

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