In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.
A twisting tale of greed, deception and distrust told with a healthy dollop of humor and charm.
Seeing this film on the opening night in Manchester was a great experience. It's clear a huge amount of work has gone into this production, from the opening crane shot to the ending musical number the whole film had a very professional feel. It's well worth watching as a benchmark for independent cinema, as this friendly bunch of filmmakers have set the bar very high.
Making a drama when you don't have a full orchestra to write the score for you must be very challenging. With no orchestra to fall back on, Will Power uses well timed editing and fantastic acting to keep the emotional direction of the film clear throughout. The main story-line uses some clever devices to keep us curious as to the nature of characters relationships. This allows us the fun of stroking our chins and furrowing our eyebrows. It pays to pay close attention to the story, however, I think you'll be hard pressed to guess the twists!
The main story-line is accompanied with some superb Mancunian humour. Though at times this seems at odds with the main of Will Power, it is a tasty side. You can't help but laugh at the early tea drinking scene, which introduces the humour so well. Scenes involving the invasive reporter (Joe Stacy), such as the sandwich mishap, are well done and very funny. Along with the Cousin and his sordid company, the jokes in this film comes from a place as black as coal, but shine as bright as a diamond (geezer).
The ending is superb. The big musical number surprises the main characters as much as it does the audience. It gives us some unique twists that I certainly wasn't expecting. It explains the curious behavior of some of the characters earlier on, as well introducing some new twists. The singing and dancing was great fun, and superbly executed, however the music seemed to be louder than the voices at some parts. This minor technicality was was frustrating as I wanted to hear what the characters were singing about. This was followed by a touching scene depicting the grief the mother felt at losing her husband whilst hugging her child. It showed the cast and crew were able to deal with both comedy and drama impressively.
Overall it is a fantastic achievement and well worth a watch! It's only a few minor points that keep me from giving it 10/10. I should like to see it again, not just for the humour, but to try and pick out clues as to the twists at the end. Well done to all those involved!
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