I Have Now Seen The New Les Miserables Movie!

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I just finished watching the new musical movie version of Les Miserables. I am a fan of the book.

I came at the musical version with a skeptical viewpoint. It is just a simple fact that a film cannot contain the whole plot of the book. AND the Broadway musical changes many things in the storyline.

But as for the movie, what was my final verdict? It wasn’t perfect, but it was still beautiful.Yes, the story is abridged. And yes, the singers go off-key. But, as far as the message of the movie and it’s ability to provoke an emotional response is concerned…

It made me cry. Twice.

I first started tearing up when Javert pinned his badge on Gavroche’s corpse…

And then I totally lost it when Jean Val Jean died and the priest sang and Fantine led him into heaven.

If you are debating whether or not you should watch it, please, do so. It is worth the time you will spend.

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Beowulf Deserves Better

Due to car repairs, I’m having a week of being a bachelorette. My husband is staying in the nearest “big city” and awaiting the arrival of the replacement parts. Thus, I’m reading and watching a lot more movies than usual.

Last night I watched Beowulf. Looking back from the perspective of this morning, it probably wasn’t the best thing to watch in a dark and lonely apartment… but anyhow, I survived.

I remember being about 11 years old and reading a condensed version of the story. I was recovering from being quite ill and in my boredom I ended up reading a whole set of old Children’s Book of Knowledge Encyclopedias. They contained all the old legends and fairytale stories. The thing about Beowulf that originally captured my attention as a child, was the fine balance between barbaric rawness and heroism.

I wasn’t terribly impressed with the film overall. The graphics were about the same as a high-tech video game, which got kind of annoying in parts. Maybe it would look better on a slightly bigger screen. I found it hard to follow visually.

The content was very graphically violent and coarsely sexual. I didn’t expect all the references to sex, spurting blood, people getting ripped in half and heads being chomped off. Granted, Beowulf IS violent. But it was never intended to merely end up as a two-bit horror story.

My main gripe about the movie was not really any of those things. What bothered me the most was how much they changed the whole flavor of the story. In an attempt to make it more barbaric, they made it crude, crass, and gory. In trying to make Beowulf more human, they made him morally weak and greedily grasping. For Hrothgar to fall prey to lust and the desire for power was plausible. But for Beowulf to make the same mistake? It was just plain stupid. Beowulf deserves better representation.

 

Isn’t That Weird Enough?

My favorite quote actually comes from the movie Martian Child with John Cusack. In the movie, he is playing a widowed science fiction writer who is in the processing of trying to adopt a troubled child.

 

 The little boy thinks that he is from Mars, which apparently is easier to handle than reality. Reality is that he was abandoned by his parents and up til this point, no one has wanted him.

 

After yet another scenario caused by the whole Mars thing, the struggling foster father turns to the boy and says:

“…right now, you and me here, put together entirely of atoms, sitting on this round rock with a core of liquid iron, held down by this force that seems to trouble you, called gravity, all the while spinning around the sun at 67,000 miles an hour and whizzing through the milkyway at 600,000 miles an hour in a universe that very well may be chasing its own tail at the speed of light; And amidst all this frantic activity, fully cognizant of our own imminent demise – which is our own pretty way of saying we all know we’re gonna die – We reach out to one another. Sometimes for the sake of entity, sometimes for reasons you’re not old enough to understand yet, but a lot of the time we just reach out and expect nothing in return. Isn’t that strange? Isn’t that weird? Isn’t that weird… enough?”

Something about that question just perfectly sums things up for me.

Alliterated Autobots Amaze All! By Toni L.A. Cross

 
Maniacal mechanics
merge momentously
murmuring murderously.
Molten monster 
mashes metal
mixing melancholy moods.
My! Mindless Mayhem!
Milling morose masses
migrate mostly.
 
Grimlock gobbles
gladly gleeful.
Gallantly gorged
goofy grinning gaping.
Giant gangrene gang?
Gone.
Dinobots devour Devastator.
Dining delectably
delicious din.
Despair dastardly demon!
Deeper doom delights
driving dumb dud deeper
Dancing delighted 
Done.
Delivered.