I was speechless.
As the credits were rolling, I sat in my chair unable to move, tears streaming down my face. I felt as if a ton of bricks were resting on me. I have seen two movies and one stage production of Les Mis, but none of them had the impact of this one. I predict it will be nominated in every category at the Academy Awards, and win many.
If you are looking for beautiful people singing heartwarming songs, this film is not for you. Watch "The Sound of Music"instead. If, on the other hand, you desire food for thought and conversation, and wish to ponder the depravity of man vs. God's grace and mercy towards us, you must see "Les Mis."
But, I would not recommend it for teens, unless you have fully prepared them, and are aware of the visually disturbing scenes involving prostitution. It should be viewed by a mature audience only in my opinion.
My husband commented that he can't remember when he had seen a more intense film. "The Passion of the Christ" comes close in my estimation. I'm still trying to unpack all the nuances and symbolism in this production. And I will...in another post.