Thursday, January 3, 2013

Christian Themes in Les Miserables....



I had a rare treat and went to see Les Miserables. It was wonderful and Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman both deserve an oscar not only for their talent as actors but singers as well.


Les Miserables, director Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of the long-running stage musical, is a cinematic achievement. Starring an ensemble cast, led by Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables far exceeds high expectations.


Powerful, raw performances from the tailor-made cast tell Victor Hugo’s story of a man’s discovery of grace and his enemy’s unwavering obsession to uphold the law. Caution is advised for parents of young children. This movie is rated PG-13 for language and sexual situations.


THE MOVIE IN A MINUTE
Jean Valjean is a criminal, No. 24601. Now on parole, Valjean gets free from the chains that bound him. But freedom from his past doesn’t come as easily as he is met with animosity and disdain everywhere he turns, until he meets a benevolent bishop. Determined to make a better life for himself, Valjean renounces his old life, takes a new name and breaks parole. Inspector Javert, who supervised Valjean’s imprisonment, vows to put him in chains again for his desertion. Valjean is settled in a quaint French town when his cover is blown. To keep a promise, Valjean must elude Javert to rescue a young girl from poverty. Arriving in Paris, at the brink of rebellion, Valjean soon finds himself entangled in situations that could expose his true identity.


THE GOOD AND BAD IN LES MISERABLES


Les Miserables does a superb job of taking the inspiring music from the stage to the screen. Even more than, this new film, from The King’s Speech director, is a salvation story. Valjean is ready to become the criminal he is labeled when a pivotal moment presents him with the opportunity to accept God’s grace. His story is paralleled with Inspector Javert’s. The lawman is Old Testament to Valjean’s New Testament. Javert believes the best way to honor God is through your works, while Valjean gives his life to God, accepting His grace. It’s a powerful story, and Hooper does a wonderful job highlighting the religious symbolism in the film.


Standouts performances are given by Eddie Redmayne, Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman (the latter two were just nominated for Golden Globes). What’s impressive is that the cast sings all of the songs live to tape. This makes the story even more engaging. You feel the anguish in Fantine’s voice as she falls into her pit of despair. You feel Valjean’s intense sincerity as he contemplates the bishop’s compassionate deed.


Rated PG-13 for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements, Les Miserables is inappropriate for younger audiences. Victor Hugo’s story is not a clean one, but it is spiritually redemptive. The utter misery and evil is juxtaposed against the mercy that can found through God and the love of good people. For instance, Jesus’ name is used profanely a few times by those who wish nothing of Him. That is contrasted with how the other characters honor God.



IN THE END
Les Miserables is great movie to see this Christmas not only for its moving music, but for its story of the life-changing mercy of God. I had a Simply Heavenly time at the movies!!!



7 comments:

Les Mis is my all time favourite stage production and I am SO looking forward to seeing the film version... thank you for sharing your thoughts on this powerful story!

It was a truly wonderful film with amazing range in voices and acting. I sobbed.

Thank you for being a lovely co-host in the Aloha Friday Blog hop mom!

xo

Jean

Hi! I'm your newest follower from the Aloha Friday blog hop! I would love to invite you to stop by my blog and return the follow if you like what you find!

I saw the preview to the Les Miserables last weekend while waiting to watch another movie. It looks fantastic! Now if I could just get my husband to go see it with me!

Mary Beth
Being at Home by Nature
www.beingathomebynature.com

I really need to watch this movie!
I'm stopping and following your lovely blog via the aloha friday blog hop. :)

Maria
www.thislifesbeautifulmoments.com

Thank you so much Maria!!! I followed you back as well. I think you will love this movie!!! Have a Simply Heavenly Day!!! :):)

Hi! I'm a semi-new blogger and this is my first Aloha Friday blog hop! :)

This looks like lots of fun! I followed you. :)
http://jenesaisquoi1980.blogspot.com/

Hi Marie! I am your newest follower. I hope that you have a Simply Heavenly Weekend!!!:):)

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