This is one of the most heartbreaking days for the Les Miserables fandom. June 6th. Barricade Day. The day on which Enjolras, Combeferre, Courfeyrac, and all the other barricade boys died (except Jehan…the only one who died without the company of his friends). Let us take a moment of silence to honour them. I know they’re not real, but there were real people fighting on the barricades in June of 1832. There’s a special tragedy about the final battle, because the barricade boys were all so young – everyone was younger than twenty-five. I was re-reading some of the barricade scenes today in honour of the day, and it struck me afresh how terrible it all was. Especially Gavroche’s death. I think the 2012 film did an excellent job at showing the emotion and horror and pain of the final battle, without being over the top. I can’t find the scene on Youtube, unfortunately, but I’m sure many of you have seen it. The only thing that could have made it better was if Tom Hooper had kept in the dialog between Enjolras and Grantaire.
Even though it would’ve made everything even worse.
I’ll give you a list of links to different versions of the final battle, and then leave you to your feels.
And leave me to mine.