I’m one of those people who would have a serious problem if you were to ask me what is my favourite book, author, song, composer, even genre. My tastes are simply too broad and I like too many things. However, if you ask me about my favourite movie I can answer in a heartbeat. No, it’s not The Lord of the Rings trilogy or Narnia (though I’d give them a close second place). It’s the 1998 film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, starring Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush. This movie was my first introduction to Hugo’s epic tale and, while I have yet to read the book, I believe it is the single most beautiful story ever written. More about that another time.
I am also very familiar with the musical, having watched the 1995 recording of Les Misérables: The Dream Cast in Concert several times and listening to the tape until it left this world for a better place. This is another area where I can easily tell you my favourite. Les Misérables has second place, after Phantom of the Opera (in this case music trumps story).
When I heard the musical was being turned into a movie, I was simultaneously excited and apprehensive.