Les Miserables Review

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By Makenzie White

From a book to a musical to a movie Les Miserables has come a long way.
The well-known book, Les Miserables, was written by French author, Victor Hugo and published in 1862.
It wasn’t long before this book was claimed one of the great novels of the 19th century and in October of 1985 the story was set to the stage as a musical.
Over the years the story has touched the hearts of many people worldwide and on December 25th of 2012 the story hit the big screens as it once again the well-known story was told.
The movie was directed by Tom Hooper, produced by Working Title Films, and distributed by Universal Pictures. In the film movie stars like Hugh Jackman, Russell Crow, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried all stared as major characters.
The movie similar to the book and musical follows the story of Jean Valjean who is a former convict. The story follows Valjean throughout his life and the different times and struggles he faces.
The story follows the history of France and the poor people who were enslaved and treated poorly and shows the French Revolution.
Many had reservations about the movie because of the fear that the story would not be done justice or that the storyline would stray too far from the original.
However, on December 5th of 2012 the movie was released in London prior to its release in the United States. And on December 26th, the day after its release in the United States, the movie was released in Australia.
As of January 1st the Box Office results have shown that in North America alone it has made 80,579,110 dollars and in other territories it made 48,700,000. Worldwide in less than ten days the movie has made 129,279,110 dollars.
On opening day in America it made 18.1 million dollars—breaking the record for the highest opening day gross for a musical film.
On the Rotten Tomatoes website it has received 72% approval and has also received some good comments from other critics worldwide.
Regardless of the overall opinion of the movie critics all have agreed that Hathaway’s performance of I Dreamed a Dream was the showstopper of this movie.
With high performances from the cast and a unique take on the story from the director the movie took the audience in all the right places and left them wanting more.

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