Les Miserables

Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Liam Neeson, Uma Thurman, Claire Danes

Directed by: Bille August

Produced by: Mandalay Pictures, TriStar Pictures

Distributed by: Columbia

Genre: drama

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Review by Xibo Date seen: May 2, 1998
Viewing Location: Secaucus Grade: B-
Summary: I imagine one of the 12 previous versions was better.
Based on Victor Hugo's depressing novel, this dreary film drags on and on as Jean Valjean, played by Liam Neeson, suffers a series of challenges through his life, challenges he could easily go around if only he hadn't become such an honest man. It's also a character study of an inspector whose love for the law has wiped out almost all trace of humanity from him; but this is inconsistently portrayed. By the time we get to the damsel in distress, I felt like I was watching a horror film, or a crime drama: "Stay right here", and of course she doesn't, she has to go and get into trouble and fuck up everybody's lives. A really overdone theme in films.  

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