With the famed musical version of "Les Misérables" set for its highly anticipated release this year, I thought I should familiarize myself with the story. After attempting to read the book (I just couldn't get through the whole thing), I decided to check out an earlier non-musical film version. This 1998 version definitely lives up to the legacy of the Victor Hugo novel, as it is well-written and brought to life by a fine cast. Liam Neeson is the stand-out, fully embodying the heavy-burdened Jean Valjean in the lead role. Knowing the talent involved in the upcoming musical, I'm sure we will be in for a treat. In the mean time, I can definitely recommend this film if you need your "Les Miz" fix.