It was pretty surprising to see such an unabashedly Christian-themed movie in this day and age. Even though it was released on Christmas Day and all, still a surprise.
It's also weird to see a movie that's like a modernized English-language opera, with disconcertingly high tech digitally-created backgrounds.
I couldn’t help but notice that Samantha Barks, the actress who played Eponine, the daughter of the innkeepers, looks ever-so-slightly multi-racial (one-quarter black?) and that just didn’t belong in the movie. I think that when a movie depicts people who are supposed to be related to each other, the actors and actresses should at least all be the same race. Especially if the movie takes place in a time and place when everyone was white.
Only watch if you can sit through more than two and a half hours of singing, and that's heavy singing of the sort I wouldn't want to listen to again on my iPod, not the lighthearted catchy tunes of the typical Broadway musical.
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Before leaving a negative comment, please read my previous post Acting and race. Especially this statement: "Once upon a time, it would have been considered an insult to point out someone’s non-white ancestry. But nowadays, it’s a huge compliment. Mixed-race people are considered the coolest people Everyone wants to be like Tiger Woods, Barack Obama, Vin Diesel or Mariah Carey. Pure white people are boring and lacking in vibrancy."