A Film Review of the Movie ‘Les Miserables’

A Film Review of the Movie ‘Les Miserables’

Jean Valjean received a number of 24601 as a comment from the prison, in which after 19 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread and several failed attempts to escape, he finally received his probation given by the police inspector in charge called Javert. Parole 24601 is a warning to let people know you are an ex-con. He has been rejected by society who began to starve, but suddenly a bishop let him stay at home. But 24601 is still 24601, he was caught red-handed for stealing the silver items and claimed they gave it to him. Unexpectedly, Bishop Myriel shows some mercy that he even lies only to protect him. 24601 felt ashamed and asked for repentance, Bishop Myriel encouraged him to become a better person. 24601 broke his parole and started living as Monsieur Madeleine. After 8 years, he became Monsieur le Mayor, where Fantine worked. Fantine had a son and was caught by her coworkers, at the point of losing her job and even asking for Monsieur’s help, but they didn’t let her. Javert, on the other hand, knew 24601 as Monsieur Madeleine and suspected him. M. Madeleine decided to face her past as Jean Valjean, owner of 24601. Therefore, when Valjean saw Fantine that she was in need, Javert set about catching him. Fantine even told Valjean that she is asking for help but didn’t notice.

So, as a reward, Valjean promised Fantine that he would find his daughter named Cossette and take care of her. Soon Fantine died and Valjean did what he promised. He found Cossette and even negotiates just to carry her and became a father to her. Javert, on the other hand, was so eager to catch 24601. And, for Cossette’s sake, Valjean didn’t tell the truth that he was an ex-con and kept it a secret. Places to places are how they hide from Javert. Years ago, Cossette became a young lady who captured the heart of her man named Marius. When Valjean caught him, he decided to join the revolution arisen by law students against the government, to save Marius from death. At the barricade, he had given the opportunity to kill Javert, but he did not, but released him and pretended to kill him to gain the trust of the students. When the soldiers attacked his barricade, Marius was seriously injured. Valjean took him to take him to a doctor, but Javert saw them, Valjean pleaded with him to let them pass for the good of Marius. When Marius recovers and the revolution ends, Valjean talks to him and confesses his past secret that he was ex-convict 24601. Valjean pleads with Marius not to say anything to Cossette and tells him that he is on a long journey. instead of letting him know that he ran away from them. On their wedding day, Marius discovered that Valjean was the savior of his life and was deeply ill. He took his wife to see Valjean at his last moment to thank him. Jean Valjean was relieved to see his adorable Cossette and Marius who gave him enough reason to let him go and say his last goodbye.

Jean Valjean’s death means that his sufferings had come to an end and they finally had their long-desired freedom. Jean Valjean symbolizes the love, compassion, and repentance that can motivate another person. In which, most of us lived in a miserable life, where some could not bear the pain and decided to end their lives, but Jean Valjean shows that there is another way of life but that you should be encouraged to forgive and love your enemies. Life is bitter to live, so we need to find some sugar to balance it.

The movie is not just a movie that offers entertainment in the eyes of the public, it is a movie that impacts the viewer and offers many lessons that can be applied in real life situations. The scenes and events of the film are well organized and delivered, in which it was very easy to follow the flow of the story and identify the characters who had been played by the actors, actresses and even extras. The film gives hope to all aspects of our lives and makes us feel like we are part of the story.


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