Les Misérables: My Worlds Collide

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When I realized:
trip van der bilt

Was also:
Enjolras Les Miserables
The 16-year old in my heart swooned.

Yesterday was a wonderful Christmas.  We hosted for the first time; Karl made some sort of breakfast casserole, had fresh fruit and my mom made her awesome coffee cake.  Emerson had so much fun and loved what Santa brought.  For lunch, Karl made potato leek soup.  We all then took naps, and then I went to see Les Misérables with my mom and sister.

Les Misérables received mediocre reviews and I can understand why (I read a review where they found the cinematography “pretentious” and I totally got that), but the teenager in me was in heaven. When I got my first CD player for Christmas in 12th grade, the first two CDs I got were the soundtracks for Cats and Les Miz. I have seen it performed several times and know all the songs by heart. I felt the casting was pretty fabulous (oh Sasha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter made me so happy, even Anne Hathaway was wonderful) and as soon as I saw Enjolras on the big screen my inner teenager practically fainted in her seat. While I am a big Gossip Girl fan, the character of Trip didn't do much for me. However, Aaron Tveit as Enjolras was perfection. I haven't been to a movie in the theater in far too long… to have my return be for Les Misérables was perfection.

Who would have thought that Trip Van der Bilt would be the leader of a revolution?

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  1. I don’t watch Gossip Girl, but Enjorlas has always been the most swoon worthy male character in Les Mis for me, and Aaron Tveit did a fantastic job! I saw it on Christmas too. I laughed, I cried, I sang along. My mom and sister who aren’t familiar with the musical loved it too, so I guess they did something right!

    1. It’s so funny how many people I have heard hated the movie and then you find out they never read the book or saw the play. Glad to know your mom and sister enjoyed it, I thought it was great whether or not I knew the story prior! And yes, Enjorlas was always the swooniest for me too 🙂

  2. I think it must help if discovered the story in your teen years, knew all the songs and had an emotional connection to it. I saw the movie on Christmas, never having seen or heard of the story, and it just didn’t do that much for me. The young girls next to us were in tears by the end and I was thrilled the movie was finally over!

  3. I haven’t even heard much about this film except for in the past week. The last movie I went and watched in the theatre was Jonah Hex? or was it Avatar…it was one of those two, yep been awhile for me too! =) Glad you enjoyed your Christmas!

  4. Thanks for the great clips! I want to see the film, even though the reviews are tepid, for the grand music.

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