The man was so ridiculously cocksure. How very like a politician, to believe his limited power to control events is in fact unlimited. “Senator, I don’t wish to be rude, but I must point out to you that there is a great deal of difference between comfortable Core-World-hopping and deep-space expeditions.”
Organa’s eyebrows pinched in a frown. “No. Really?”
“Really,” Obi-Wan said, letting a little of his impatience show. “In the event that I become incapacitated, are you saying you can strip down a malfunctioning hyperdrive unit, correctly identify the problem, replace its faulty components, or improvise new ones, and reassemble it to full performance capacity?”
Organa grinned. “A standard LT-five unit? Yes. Did it last week, as a matter of fact. It’s good relaxation, and I like to keep my hand in. Timed myself, just for the fun of it. Thirty-eight minutes. How about you?”
Thirty-eight minutes? That was three minutes faster than his own best time. How aggravating. “I am mechanically proficient.”
—Wild Space by Karen Miller
Bail and Obi-Wan are ridiculous
Les Miserables Aesthetics- Marius Pontmercy
“He was a Royalist, fanatical and severe. He did not love his grandfather much, as the latter’s gayety and cynicism repelled him, and his feelings towards his father were gloomy.
He was, on the whole, a cold and ardent, noble, generous, proud, religious, enthusiastic lad; dignified to harshness, pure to shyness.”
This is the first part of a guide aimed at clearing up plot/story/character confusion for people who’ve only seen the 2012 movie adaptation of Les Mis (which is often the easiest version to catch, after all!). I’m answering questions people have asked me directly, or mentioned having after seeing the film. If you have questions that aren’t answered here, let me know and I’ll add the answers later!
Some of the questions I’ve heard come from changes between the stage musical and the movie, some from changes between the book and the musical, and some are just matters of (often pretty obscure!) history. I’ve drawn from non-movie sources to answer questions when relevant or necessary, but this is NOT a point-by-point comparison of the stage musical and the movie, or the book and the musical. This isn’t even an analysis of symbolism or characters.
This is just trying to fill in details for the movie as its own story ! Maybe think of it like DVD commentary? You might not need it, but hey, maybe it will add some points of interest! And if there’s any question you’d like to see answered here, let me know?
Below the cut, notes for Act One! It covers everything from Valjean’s release from prison right up to the 1832 title card after Russell Crowe’s Stars.
“Even the darkest night will end, and the sun will rise.”
Les Misérables (2012) dir. Tom Hooper
Cinematography by Danny Cohen