The Best Musical I Have Ever Seen!
This is definitely The.Best.Musical.I.Have.Ever.Seen! I have read the book and seen the stage play's and now that I finally have this on DVD! Oh,man! I gotta say this is one of the most sweetest stories I have ever seen! It has a great message about faith and love, beautiful music and heartwarming scenes! There are a couple of cuss words, including one use of the S word, used ONLY ONCE, so don't worry. There is a use of both B words and A word is used during a song. There are a couple of sex references, and one scene/song involves prostitutes. Fantine becomes a prostitute so she can earn money to help and feed her daughter, Cosette, and Fantine has intercourse with a man for money. One scene, ONE scene, shows a woman "doing" a drunken Santa Clause. that was hard for me to watch but I got through it all right cause I knew it wasn't the real Santa (that's right I believe in Santa). Being as how th film is based on a true bloody event that happened in the 1800's there is a lot of fight scenes. There is a massive gunfight and a lot of people die, but since the film is a musical and based on a book and stage play, the battle looks okay and play like. No blood is shown in most of them, though one scene, which takes place after the large gun-battle between rebels and soldiers shows a gutter filled with blood. Javert is a deeply religious man who does a lot of bad things, but his duty is to the law and to God, so he believes that what he is doing is right. There are a lot of sad death scenes of major characters, including the death of a young boy named Gavroche who is shot multiple times by soldiers, a girl named Eponine who sacrafices her life to save the one she loves, Marius, Fantines death is sad also, the deaths of the members of "del ABC" is really sad, Enjolras dies standing next to his best friend, near the end Javert commits suicide by jumping off a seine into the river below, and Jean Valjean's death made me cry my eyes out!!!! the Thenardiers are crooks who hurt people and swipe valuables from them when they aren't looking, but they are really funny characters. A running gag in the film is that Thenardier constantly mispronounces Cosettes name, with his wife correcting him all the time. So they made me laugh a lot. The end is extremely happy with Marius marrying Cosette and living happily and the spirits of everyone who died in the film (minus Javert) are seen in a very bright setting and they all look nice, clean and healthy. So it is an extremely happy ending for every character. Overall, this a wonderful film, especially for people who love musicals, like myself. Extremely beautiful, exquisit, with wonderful heartwarming songs, tear jerking and heart wrenching scenes, Les Miserables was a wonderful sensation for me and it could be amazing for everyone else!
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking