Les Miserable Analysis

Superior Essays
Celeste Hannay
Dr. Knudson
ENGL-109-08
October, 3 2017
Les Miserable: A Historical Masterpiece Les Miserable, the captivating, well known story which was transposed into a brilliant film by Tom Hooper in 2012 portrays a true sense of life during the revolution. Aimed towards history gurus and middle-aged adults, this article gives a good description of what the movie entails. Set in early nineteenth century France, this film is based on God’s prevalent grace in Jean Valjean’s life while he was dealing with criminal injustices and obstacles with the law. The purpose of this review is to critically analyze Les Miserable and discuss points that will help the audience understand more about the film before they view it. With the use of casting
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Along with the casting and costume decisions, cinematography plays a huge role in any film. Specific sections of the movie are captured at angles and in ways that make the scene more understandable and relatable. An example of this would be Fantine’s solo song, “I Dreamed a Dream.” The Reel Club states that “In the ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ sequence, Hooper abandons all camera movement and cutting, allowing viewers a break from excessive camerawork and a chance to emotionally connect with a character during a raw and poignant moment of distress.” The videographers in charge of brainstorming the shots hit the jackpot with this scene. They focused the camera in the absolute correct spots in order to help the audience relate to a struggling Fantine. The cameras continue through the story, following war and love scenes. Capturing moments from the best angles. “Movement is free, cuts are quick, and the shots are dramatic; this is Cohen and Hooper’s cinematic recipe for an extravagant Les Miserable film.” (Reel …show more content…
This is important because all other factors in the film play into the historical accuracy. History gurus around the world had been anticipating the release of this film, and it did not disappoint. Through the most miniscule details such as the poverty lining the streets, Tom Hooper pieced together a brilliant film from a true historical time period. According to one source, the most historically accurate scenes in the film were the barricades and Lamarque’s funeral procession. (Maura) Maura continues to write, “The movie accurately showed how the huge mob of people accompanied Lamarque’s funeral procession, and ‘some witnesses claimed it eventually grew to 100,000.’” Tom Hooper, yet again rises to the top in Les Miserable with a successful representation of early nineteenth century France. Through the casting, costuming, cinematography and historical accuracy, Les Miserable is sure to impress. The audience is able to make unbreakable connections with the characters in this film because of the casting, costuming, cinematography and historical accuracy. With the leadership of Tom Hopper, this film quickly rose to fame and is sure to please the middle-aged historians of the

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