C. A. Pack

Musings & Brainstorms & Rants

On Her Own





I finally saw Les Misérables and I loved it - from the opening scene until the final image - but something about it bothered me.

THE RAIN.

The weather would be perfectly dry until Eponine had a song that mentioned rain. “In the rain the pavement shines like silver.” “A little fall of rain can hardly hurt me now.” Poor Samantha Barks, who is absolutely wonderful as Eponine, was forced to sing in the rain for her two big songs. That wouldn’t have been so bad if the weather had been threatening in the scenes leading up to her songs, but it only starts to rain when she starts to sing those two songs. Now, I know the songs were written decades ago and it would have seemed dumb for them to mention weather conditions that didn’t exist in the film, but a little preliminary thunder or a sprinkle in the previous scene would have been a nice lead-in.

I wanted to love this movie with all my heart, but couldn’t, because of the sudden weather changes. So I’d be forced to only give it four out of five stars.