Les Misérables - Series Review

The BBC has done it again


Series Length: 6 hours, in 1 hour episodes.

Could I have watched this with my Dad? : Yes.

Could I have watched this with my Mom? : Possibly, but she might be traumatised. (Drama and really sad death and stuff.)

Language: Yes, there is some language.

Sex/Romance: A little of both. People are shown naked in bed with the sheets oh so conveniently draped, prostitutes are shown plying their trade (clothed and from the waist up), and if you know the story you know about Fantine and Marius (romance plotlines).

Violence/Gore: A strong yes to both.

Music: Let me tell you, the music for this show was more than just icing on the cake, it was almost a whole 'nother cake! The music did worlds for this series! It is what really pounded in the atmosphere, the mood, the actual reality of the fact that these people and their lives are miserable. There was often just a low drone that I felt really reinforced the monotony, the never-ending vicious cycles of the common struggles, and the true wretchedness of the people and their situations.

Did I feel the need to leave the lights off and sit in silence afterwards? : Absolutely.

Thoughts: I haven't read the book yet, but I have now watched 5 separate versions of Les Misérables, and from what I know of the book and what I have seen in the different versions, this is so far the most accurate adaptation out there. Being a series gave them more of the time needed to fully develop more of the plot/plotlines involved in the book than are usually included in other adaptations.

I loved that they started the series at the Battle of Waterloo. I loved how it immediately set the scene for the pain and turmoil and the background of the time period the story is in.

Guys, they legit gave Cosette PTSD from her life with the Thernardiers. I'm talking automatic responses conditioned into her from the abuse that last into her adult life years after she was removed from the situation!

Was this a good use of several nights with the house to myself? : Yes, absolutely.

In the End: Stars in...multitudes, scarce to be counted out of 5. (This I swear by the stars!)