The movie Les Miserables just won the Golden Globe for best musical or comedy. If you haven’t seen this movie, you might be tempted because of its award-winning ways. As a public service, I offer you my review of Les Miserables.
In a pivotal scene in Les Miserables, one of the main characters finds himself in a sewer, up to his nostrils in human waste, with a bullet in his torso, while being pursued by the authorities who have just killed all of his friends. This was my favorite scene in Les Miserables because I could relate to it. Watching that fucking movie feels exactly like being up to your nostrils in human waste, with a bullet in your torso, after the government has killed all of your friends. The main difference is that the movie is longer. Much, much longer.
I usually fall asleep during movies. If you put me in a darkened room for more than thirty minutes, it doesn’t matter how good the entertainment is; I’ll be off to dreamland before the opening credits are done. I tried hard to sleep through Les Miserables but I was continuously thwarted by something they call “singing.” This movie was full of singing. And by singing, I mean the sad wailing of filthy, miserable people. If you would like to hear the entire soundtrack of Les Miserables without paying for a ticket, try punching your cat. But whatever you do, don’t let your cat watch Les Miserables because that would be cruel. I don’t care if your cat shredded your mattress and ate your wedding ring. The punishment would not be proportional to the crime.
Ann Hathaway played the part of a whining, mud-caked, Halloween skeleton who blamed the system for her problems. Typical liberal. Hugh Jackman played Wolverine, I think. I didn’t catch a lot of the details because it’s the sort of movie that makes your mind try to crawl out of your ear hole in search of anything that isn’t the movie.
Les Miserables is such an unpleasant experience that it would make a great practical joke on people you don’t like. If you have a coworker that you hate, suggest that he or she should see Les Miserables because it is so awesome. You might need to practice in front of a mirror before you can say it with a straight face. Mention that the movie won several Golden Globes. And be sure to say the movie trailers don’t capture the magic of the film. Remember to call it a “film,” not a movie, because it sounds more substantial that way. I suspect that 80% of Les Miserables audiences are the victims of this sort of prank. I’m thinking the Golden Globes might be in on the joke too.
If you want to see the best movie of the past year, check out This is 40. Judd Apatow knows how to make a frickin’ movie, and this is his best work to date. I laughed so hard at a scene involving a hand mirror that I thought I would need medical attention. Comedies don’t usually win the big awards, but this one is a true masterpiece. The writing, directing, and comedic acting are superb.
If you try the Les Miserables practical joke on a friend, let me know how it goes.