Mercy Personified September 29, 2001
This movie serves its purpose well. You will completely fall in
love with the story and want to read the book and see other
movie adaptations. The story is so alive and fulfilling, it will
not only capture your heart...it will in fact change the way you
Is revenge sweet? Or, is forgiveness sweeter? What joy is
there in the death of an enemy? Is there not more beauty in
freeing the soul and making your enemy your friend? In all cases
this is not possible, but our actions can speak to the heart.
In Les Miserables, Jean Valjean (Liam Neeson) gives of
himself continually throughout the movie. He is the example of
how a life can be changed through kindness. We find him on
parole after 20 years of hard labor for stealing bread. Still
unchanged by his punishment, he seeks to steal again from those
who sought to be kind to him. While the owners of the house
sleep, he steals their silverware. The next day he is caught and
returned. What happens next will not only surprise you, but will
set the mood for the entire movie.
This is a story about two men who are given a second chance.
Each takes a path and they then meet at the end again. One soul
awakens to the chance to start again, the other, prison guard
(Geoffrey Rush), is filled with hate and can think of nothing
Not only is this about forgiveness but it is also about a
father's love for his daughter and what he will give up, even
though his daughter is adopted. He treats her as if she is his
own child. His daughter falls in love with a handsome
"dangerous radical." ;> Who doesn't seem that
dangerous. I really wish the story had been longer and they had
put more into the character development of both Cosette (Claire
Danes who really brightened up the screen), Marius (who needed a
lot more character development) and Fantine (Thurman who spent
most of her time looking quite ill).
My favorite line: "I didn't breath while you talked, I
was afraid I'd miss a word." -Cosette
The filming on location in Paris is a dream. If you have ever
been to Paris, you will enjoy seeing places you might have
visited. The city is the most romantic place on earth. There is
a feeling you get when you are there that cannot be described.
This movie may not be exactly as the story is written, but
what movie have you ever seen that captured the complete story?
If it makes you fall in love with the characters, then it has
succeeded in making you hungry for more. Is that not the point?
To get you to read the book? I sure found that to be true.
A movie you will want to add to your top 100 collection! I
would have loved if this movie had been much more complex. I
could have watched this story for 4 or 5 hours! Basil Poledouris'
score adds quite an appeal to this story and evokes the right
emotions as a great soundtrack should. I also just became a fan
of Liam Neeson. His character is almost mercy personified.
Truly an inspiration and will change your life. One of the
most beautiful movies you will ever see.