Open Thread: Les Miz Review in the Era of Obama

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via Brietbart

The groundbreaking new film adaptation of the Broadway musical “Les Misérables” features desperate people suffering under soul-shattering unemployment, naive university students decrying the rich and stoking the flames of socialist revolution, an unyielding government official interested not in right and wrong but in following his government’s rules, and one heroic individual who follows his faith in God to guide him from one success to another–all the while truly helping others by using his own private wealth rather than through the ineffective and neglectful government.
In short, it is the perfect allegory for Americans living in the Age of Obama….cont’d

I have loved this musical under several Presidential terms, non speaks to me more than a review under the Obama adminstration….have you seen it yet ?

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17 Responses to Open Thread: Les Miz Review in the Era of Obama

  1. Daughter gave me movie passes for Christmas so I could see this and The Hobbit.
    I had not seen the musical on stage- and while I enjoyed it- it could be very confusing for someone who does not know the story itself. Yes, very difficult to condense one of the longest novels ever into a stage or film production I know.
    The analogy to the Age of Obama is very striking. The students singing the Black and Red song was a chilling reminder of just where OWS could have gone.

    • votermom says:

      We saw The Hobbit a few days ago.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’ve been fanning the musical on stage since ’85, from Broadway to high school productions to the PBS 25th fundraiser production. I’ve used clips from all the productions from dkos to TCH. I still cry about the “students” but those in L’Miz were willing to DIE, unlike OWSies.

    • leslie says:

      My daughter and I went to see it on Christmas Day. (I had seen it on B’way when it opened in the late 1980’s, while my sister leved in NYC.) I’m going to see the film again tomorrow. I didn’t love it, So I want to see it again and make myself love it. I thought Ann Hathaway was wonderful. Same for Hugh Jackman – but then, i’m in love with him anyway. The two who blew me away were Samantha Barks and Eddie Redmayne. See it. The music just plays over and over again in my mind. The music is simply stunning.

      Then on the 26th the same daughter and I went to see Book of Mormon. (It was her birthday present to me.) I thought I’d convulse I was laughing so hard. She was shocked by it. I’d been listening to the music for the past year, and knew the story. I never thought I’d get to see it, though. It opened in Chicago a short time ago and I finally was able to buy a ticket for mid-April. How she got these tickets for the 26th is beyond me, but she did.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Buzzfeed…funny, but spoily review…..

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/copyranter/les-misrablesthe-definitive-review

    Oh, and at this time in 2004/2005, I was in Times Square for the ball drop, yeah, at 6:30 pm EST. It was the longest, coldest, most painful night of my life….never again…Happy New Year 😀

  3. yttik says:

    LOL, WOW! I’ve seen Les Misérables, but I never thought of it like that. I never thought I’d be living it either.

    It really is the perfect allegory for Americans living in the Age of Obama.

  4. votermom says:

    In case I don’t get to say it later –
    Happy New Year everyone!

  5. yttik says:

    Happy New Year!

    I think we just went over the “fiscal cliff.” Congress appears to have gone home without a deal.

    Now we’re going to have to deal with hordes of flesh eating zombies and the complete collapse of civilization as we know it.

    • leslie says:

      yttik~ I went over my personal fiscal cliff years ago. This means I’ll have company. Congress sucks. They need to learn that work is not a dirty word and give it (working) a try. they wouldn’t be so stressed by it now.

    • Don’t misunderstand – I’m not happy with congress either, but the “fiscal cliff” is a sly propaganda construct to avoid taking responsibility for 30 years of “kicking cans down the road” by members of both parties, yes, but the majority of whom are betrothed to today’s occupant of the white house, Suddenly it is now someone else’s fault the finger pointer failed to act responsibly for so many years. When is the last time a national Democrat anywhere submitted.a federal budget?

      I don’t blame congress for going home, but no opposition adults want to deal with the determinative factors of out out-of-control national debt. Instead, they seem to “wish upon a star” and pretend raising taxes on less than 35,000 people will solve things. That’s like hoping a can of spray paint will completely redecorate your home, both inside and out. Including your fence. And your car. And your matching dog house.

  6. elliesmom says:

    I saw Les Miz on the stage, and while the movie is excellent, I just can’t drum up as much enthusiasm in a movie theater. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the pic. My first experience with the story was reading the book in French. I probably got as much out of it as someone seeing the movie who doesn’t already know the story.(It was a good enough read I did follow through and read an English translation.) There was an older gentleman in the movie theater who kept climbing over me to get in and out of the theater who asked when they were going to stop singing and start talking. I suspect he didn’t get a lot out of the movie. Then there was the lady in the rest room after the show who was upset because no one had warned her a movie called “The Miserable Ones” was going to be sad. A group of young people got up and left after 15 minutes and sneaked across the hall to see “The Hobbit” because they decided “Les Miz” was going to be too boring. .As someone who had read the book (twice), seen the play, and would have bought the doll had there ever been one, I think I was more fascinated by the audience reaction than the movie itself. While there was scattered applause when the movie ended, I don’t think many of the people who shared my movie experience made any parallels to our situation today. They were there because the msm told them it’s one of the important movie events of the season.

    • leslie says:

      The theater was simply jammed on Christmas afternoon. Every show was filled, I was told. The older man seated next to her was complaining to his wife throughout the movie. They left after the 2 hour mark. The younger man (about 20 yrs old) seated next to me was looking at his cell until I nicely asked him to put it away. He couldn’t sit still and yet, at the end of the movie, he was crying and accepted a tissue from me. His parents were jerks, though. I wanted to smack them upside their heads to shut them up.

      Funny thing, at the end of the movie,my daughter said something like, “I’m surprised you didn’t compare it to current times”. “I did”, I said. i didn’t think she’d want to talk current events Christmas night. I was right. she didn’t.

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