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What I took away from Les Mis is that life is a song choice

les-miserableA girlfriend of mine was checking in to see if I wanted to go see the movie version of Les Miserables with her.  Of course I wanted to see the movie, but more than that, I wanted to go somewhere and sit in comfortable chairs in the dark for 2 1/2 hours and not have to fetch anything, or cut up anyone’s meat, or find anything, or give direction.  I mentioned the prospect to Fiddledaddy who seemed a bit downcast at the prospect of my seeing the movie without him.

I asked him if he could remember the last movie we saw together IN AN ACTUAL THEATRE without our entourage.  He could not.  It was TITANIC, my friends.

Then he began to see the advantage of having a wife (trapped with 3 children ad nauseum over the last several months) get away for a girls night out.  Perhaps some semblance of sanity might return to that particular wife if she could get away for a bit.  Perhaps.

So off I went with two girlfriends (thank you Stacey and Annette), in the middle of the week, to sit in a darkened theater with, maybe, 3 other people.  Tops.

Before the previews began rolling I received a text from Fiddledaddy asking me where the flame thrower was.  So much for not having to find anything.  Flame thrower in our house is code for that long Bic thing-a-ma-jig that I keep for lighting candles and Coleman stoves so that I don’t lose any fingerprints.  I called him back to see why in the world he needed to set something ablaze.  “What’s going on?” I asked as he answered.  “Oh, I’m just dealing with Jensen’s behavioral issues.”  I gasped, “AND THAT’S WHY YOU NEED THE FLAME THROWER?”


“No, no.  I was going to light a candle on the back porch so we could have dinner outside.”

He’s a good dad.

Satisfied that everything was under control at home and no one was on fire, I settled back into my seat with my hydrogenated buttered popcorn.  I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never seen a theatrical production of Les Mis.  But I’ve always loved the music.  Which is a darn good thing because the ENTIRE THING IS SUNG.

People.  I was floored.  It was breathtaking.  This movie has ruined me for any other movie theatre experience.  Hugh Jackman deserves every acting award known to mankind.  Anne Hathaway blew me away with her vulnerability.  I was especially impressed with the actress who portrayed Eponine, Samantha Barks.  Now I just want to sing my entire day.  Maybe I wouldn’t yell as much…

And yes, I had a nice long ugly cry at the end, passing kleenexes down to my com padres.

I highly recommend this movie.  Especially on the big screen.  I can’t say that I would call it a chick flick, because I am going to find a way to see it with my husband, who I’ve no doubt will also love it.  Prior to seeing Les Mis, I had an opportunity to read a review from a disgruntled husband, entitled “Les Miserables Taught Me How to Hate Again.”  Hysterical.

So.  Have you seen Les Miserables?



11 Responses to What I took away from Les Mis is that life is a song choice

  • A movie in a theatre…..seems vaguely familiar….like I ought to know what that is…..

    Hahahahahaha – I LOL’ed at the Titanic reference. That’s the last movie hubby and I have seen together in a theatre. 😉

    I live under a rock so I haven’t heard too much about the movie. But now, I think I’ll add it to my list of DVD’s to grab when they hit the library. Good thing I’m patient.

  • Yes, Hubby and I went out to see it last weekend and even he had a lump in his throat over it. It was all just amazing. It’s on my must buy list and we do have a nice large tv to watch it on.

  • Haven’t yet, but I’m just dying to! Maybe if it sticks around long enough, I’ll rope hubby into taking me as my Valentine’s Day present.

    I’ve got the Highlight album, and I totally agree about Samantha Barks – I see big things for her in her future in musical theater. (She’s also in the 25th anniversary concert special.)

  • Yes- And under the exact same circumstances as you went to see it. Including the text asking where baby aspirin was., Men…

    As soon as the opening song began, I was very concerned for my emotional well-being. I don’t usually do movies like that. But I absolutely loved it! And my hubs can’t wait to see it again with me. Poor Russell Crowe, he was definitely the weak link. But such a powerful scene at the end with him. Loved it loved it loved it. And I’m with you, Hugh Jackman deserves every award known to man!

  • Saw it. Loved it. But it did take me a bit to get used to them singing everything!

  • I have not seen Les Mis, but our last together movie was ‘Big Fat Greek Wedding” I was 5 months pregnant with Faith.

  • My heart resonates with DeeDee’s review 🙂

    Except that I didn’t escape my offspring in the theatre … I actually went to see it with my youngest son. Who, I am proud to say, is as passionate about musical as moi! And who went to see it AGAIN two days later with a friend. I raised him well …

    Thank being said … I loved Matt Walsh’s review too! Had me rolling on the floor laughing. NOT good, because I was at the office. Great comic relieve to break up a stressful day.

    Thanks for your review, DeeDee … and for sharing the link to Matt’s!


  • The review is so funny! I think that’s how my husband would feel. :). He told me that if I couldn’t find friends to go with that I could go alone. (He said that in a loving way). 😉 Glad we could go together!!

  • Shook with laughter reading the disgruntled husband’s opinion. So funny!!
    My 15 yr old daughter and I saw it. She begged me to go after reading the book for Heritage Classical Center; I had hardly ever heard of it at all. When it was over, I was traumatized and my daughter was amused at me and embarrassed by me at the same time.

    I think there are only 3 days left in local theaters. Better get hubby in there soon. 🙂

  • I haven’t seen the movie. I’m not sure I want to either. I saw the theatrical production in London years ago and I’m not sure how it will compare to that.

  • Sounds like the movie was good… I can’t remember the last time I went to the movies! I think it was Twilight Eclipse with my sister-in-law as my husband babysat our very cranky and hungry girl… I think it’s time for me to do that again! I heard Les Miserables was good, but I think I’d like to see Skyfall!!