Les Miserables (2018)

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

I love both the musical and movie version of Les Miserables. So when I saw that Masterpiece on PBS was coming out with a version of Les Miserables, I knew I had to check it out and watch it. While I was sad that there were none of the typical songs that I love, after seeing who was in the cast I was very excited to watch.

Starring Dominic West (Jean Valjean), David Oyelowo (Javert), Olivia Colman (Madame Thenardier), Lily Collins (Fantine), Josh O’Connor (Marius Pontmercy), Ellie Bamber (Cosette) and Adell Akhtar (Thenardier), the cast brings to life the classic story by Victor Hugo (or at least I think they do, I have to admit while I love the movie and musical, I actually haven’t read the novel!)

I thought Dominic West and David Oyelowo were perfectly cast for their starring roles as Jean Valjean and Javert. Lily Collins was a haunting Fantine, and Josh O’Connor and Ellie Bamber brought young idealism as Marius and Cosette. And Adell Akhtar and Olivia Colman were perfect, at times funny but at times horrible. Basically what I’m saying is I thought this miniseries was perfectly cast.

I would recommend this miniseries to anyone who loves Les Miserables in any of its forms.


One thought on “Les Miserables (2018)

  • August 9, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    I love Les Mis- the musical, the musical movie, and the book. I did see this masterpiece PBS series- I was wondering how I can love it without the music, but it still worked even without the songs.


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