How should you expect to feel after seeing a movie titled Les Misérables? Miserable, of course. A YouTube video demonstrates what may have been the intention of the movie producers: Have you sob loudly and miserably in the car after leaving the cinema.
Well, it is uncertain whether this would recommend the new musical movie to prospective viewers, but it is a signal to those who may not take the warning in the name of the movie seriously. The video titled "My Parents' Reaction to Les Misérables Movie," shows a New York couple, the Fergusons, sobbing after seeing the Tom Hooper movie, based on the Victor Hugo novel set in 19th century France, starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.
The movie Les Misérables, is based on the award-winning musical by Claude-Michel Schonberg, Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer. It tells the story of the travails of Jean Valjean, hunted by the police, after he broke parole during the June Rebellion/Paris Uprising of 1832.
After the Fergusons went to see the movie, brothers Ryan and Kevin Ferguson of Long Island, uploaded to YouTube the video of Dad and Mom sobbing in the car in reaction to the movie's closing part.
Dad and Mom may not have been pleased with the boys uploading a video that shows them sobbing, more likely Dad (y'know, boys don't cry). When Digital Journal reporter tried to see the video on YouTube, it said "The video is private."
The video (see above) shows Mom saying she was heartbroken by the closing scene. She asks Dad: "Wasn't it better than the play, George? It was better than the play."
Dad, who admits he was deeply moved too, responds: "I don't think you could say that... I hear the first notes I start to cry. I was walking in I was crying. I look at Anne Hathaway and I still cry." He added: "We've been to funerals where we're less upset. We've been to funerals of family members and have cried less."
But the young boys film themselves laughing at their parents' reaction. Mom scolds them: "How could you laugh?"
Ryan answers: "I'm not laughing! I was sad too."
Mom explains that she was most upset "At the end, his eyes, he was old. I'm so upset. Oh my God. I can't talk about it."
Ryan comments on YouTube: "My father was crying too, as my brother and I had earlier during the movie. This is a lighthearted video showing how great my parents are."
According to the Daily Mail, YouTube users admitted they also had fought to hold back tears as they watched the movie. A user said: "My exact reaction to the movie as well! My heart goes out to these parents. They were definitely not alone in their intense emotions over this."
Digital Journal reporter can understand how Dad and Mom feel. He recalls how the closing part of the movie Titanic, provoked some activity in his waterworks department too.
Have you seen the movie? What was your reaction?