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Les Miserables

Les Miserables © by AndyRobertsPhotos

If I was working for a charity organization and wanted to get people to donate, I would hang outside the movie theaters after December 25th to catch the people come out after watching Les Miserables. Seriously, if any story can get people to donate to those in need it’s that one.

I saw the play back in high school with my family and when we came out of the theater, our eyes filled with tears, we couldn’t help but give some money to every homeless person we happened by on our way to the car. It just hits you.

This widely anticipated movie stars Hugh Jackman as the lead role of Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as his archenemy Javert. Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried play leading ladies, and Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen take on the comedic role of the Thenardier’s.

One of the many things that make this movie stand out amongst other musicals is that the music was all recorded live while acting, rather than separately in a studio. The thought is that this method will make the music seem more raw and powerful like it is while watching the play. Hopefully it will pan out that way.

The story is based off of the classic novel by Victor Hugo, and centers around the life of Jean Valjean after he escapes parole under the watchful eye of Javert. While he sees and experiences the dirty cruel life of the poverty in pre-revolutionary France, he discovers kindness and good fortune. He then fights in the revolution with other characters. It’s a story about love, war, cruelty, kindness, life, and death. No movie adaptation of the play has really done justice to the story thus far, but it’s possible that this new one may be the exception to the trend.

This economy has been hard on people across the globe, and I think that make people will be able to relate to Les Mis in a way that other generations haven’t been able to. If you are someone who is struggling financially, there are many crutches to lean on. One option is to take out a car title loan. No credit checks are necessary and you can get your money as soon as 24 hours after applying! Change your stars and do something about your miserables.