After seeing Les Miserables on Broadway, I became an instant fan. Haven't read the book yet, but I read many excerpts and know quite a bit about it.
While going through the TV guide one weekend, I was shocked to see that there was a Les Miserables movie on that night. My initial reaction was "YES! A Les Mis movie!". I got a blank tape ready to record it. Eventually, it came on. Hit the record button, and began watching.
..Sigh. I'll give it credit for the first half. Stayed pretty true to the story. However, Valjean was overly violent. And Valjean and Fantine's little romance? That made me laugh. A lot. But I dismissed it as minor things, and tried to enjoy the movie anyway.
Then...it got to the point where Cosette was older. Okay, so far, so good. They showed a man making a speech...my first thought "ENJOLRAS! YES!"....but no. It was Marius. I got upset, but meh, I have patience. 'They'll show Enjy soon enough', I thought.
As the movie continued, I inched closer and closer to the nearest sharp object. No Enjolras. No Eponine. No Friends of the ABC! What ever happened to Grantaire, everybody's favorite drunk cynic? Oh, I think he was in one scene, guarding Javert. About 5 seconds of fame. Yay for R.
They...murdered most of the remaining characters, in a sense.
And the ending....oh god, don't even get me STARTED. It was the source of jokes between me and my friend for...hell, we're still making jokes about it. Javert randomly deciding to handcuff himself, falling backwards into 2 feet of water, and sinking like a brick...while Valjean watches, then prances off smiling.... Why....WHY?!
Don't watch this movie. Read the book, and/or see the musical. This movie is simply a huge joke.
The only reason I'm giving it 2 stars is because it gave me a source of amusement for a long time. Between the ending and an earlier scene where Javert keeps telling Valjean "You must punish me"....hehehehe, we all know that he wan-- ::gets shot::