As soon as I saw the trailer for Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables,” I knew I would love it. I’ve been a fan of “Les Mis” since the drama club in my high school put on the production when I was a freshman. I was blown away by the performances given by Hugh Jackman, who plays Jean Valjean, the story’s protagonist, and Anne Hathaway, who plays Fantine, the young mother who sacrifices everything for her daughter, Cosette.
Although I enjoyed the story as well as the music and performances, I think a lot of the positive reception was due in large part to the theme of disillusionment with government and an attempt to rise up and change the country’s direction. Not only are those themes relevant in the U.S., but worldwide.
Films like “Django Unchained” and “Argo” are also well-deserved Oscar films with worthwhile themes. Take a few hours this week before the Oscars are awarded on Feb. 24, and view at least some of the movies on this list, and hopefully you will be able to make some connection between your lives and the themes of these films.
Maggie McVey, a 2012 graduate of Oneonta High School, is a freshman at the State University College at Plattsburgh. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/teentalk.