I have never read the book, nor had the pleasure of seeing the enormously popular stage play. With that "blank slate" background, I saw the film with my family on Christmas night when it opened, and I loved it as I love few other movies. The music is magnificent, the acting superb and the story one that deeply moved my heart. Hats off to Tom Hooper and all involved in this masterpiece. Every Catholic should see this film, and bring non-practicing Catholics or non-believers to see it with them. It abounds with messages of sacrifice, mercy, the tragedy of pride and the glory of redemption, and stunningly for Hollywood, the Church is portrayed very, very well.
Robyn LeeJanuary 10, 2013
Ginny, Great comment! I agree. The fact that Javert couldn't understand God's mercy was what made his character so sad to me. Awesome reflections and thanks for your comment.
Ginny January 7, 2013
I loved the movie. Absolutely loved it. I was a real "Les Miz" geek in high school, and saw the stage production a few times, but there was such power in seeing closeups of the actors as they sang. The story was so much more intimate on film, somehow, than in the theatre.
My husband and I spent a lot of time talking about the religious elements of the film, which we loved. One thing that really struck me this time was the contrast between the two views of God: Valjean's and the bishop's, who is a God of love and compassion and second chances; and Javert's God, who is a God of swift punishment and no excuses. I was reflecting on how the story shows the danger of having the spiritual rigidity of Javert. His inflexibility harms others, but also -- most stunningly -- himself. His mind literally can't stretch to imagine a God bigger than himself, with his own need for fixed categories and retribution. That was a fascinating layer of the film for me and gave me a lot to ponder.
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