I don’t care if it is a musical, this trailer got me excited to see this movie.
Les Miserables is the only live theater production I’ve ever seen. But what a first! My wife and I went to London a few years ago, and decided we should dress up and go out to the theater one night. I chose what we saw, but to be honest I picked it with only the vaguest notions of what it was like or even about. When the curtain went up, I was transfixed for hours. The songs are wonderful, the story powerful, and the sets range from an effective use of a single light to evoke a sewer to the massive and elaborate barricade. If you ever get a chance to see it, you should.
But if you can’t get to a live production, and you don’t want to wait until December to see what it’s all about, I’ve got good news for you! It’s also a book by 19th Century French author Victor Hugo. Don’t let the oldness and Frenchness put you off. If you do, you’ll be missing out on a beautiful story of forgiveness and redemption. Also quite a bit of stuff about the sewers under Paris. Besides being a little on the long side, it’s not all that difficult to read.
And it’s very much worth it.
You have plenty of time to finish it between now and December. The musical is fantastic, but it really is a singing summary of an even better book.