Despite the fact that Les Misérables is based on events that occurred in the early 1800s, Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican suggests that the new film adaptation of the musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel might be “the most politically provocative mainstream movie of 2012.”
The film’s director, Tom Hooper, told EW, “One of the reasons I thought it was timely to make it now, despite the musical having been around for years, is we’re living in a time of incredible rising anger against the extraordinary explosions of inequality and injustice in our society.”
It’s not too outlandish to picture a few modern-day Jean Valjeans in the Occupy movement, and you don’t need to look very far to find more examples of movies reflecting or calling for social change through song. Often, these pictures with pitch-perfect passion are adapted Broadway hits, but some true originals have been created as sing-along narratives to give voice to issues that wouldn't be sounded off otherwise.
Click through and hum along with Hollywood’s history of musicals with a message.
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