I know it's been out for nearly a month, but I thought it worth a blog review because of the award accolades being reported on every entertainment show.
For those who've not seen the show on stage, Les Miserables is an adaptation of Victor Hugo's original novel. The story is one of redemption, forgiveness, and deep humanity set in the backdrop of the French Revolution.
The film is nearly 3 hours long, and I don't want to spoil the story; but I will comment on the intensity of seeing a musical put to film. The idea the actors would take their own song without voice over, and several uncut sections give the film a life I've not seen in a long time.
The actors were incredible. Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway performed brilliantly and give the audience a true sense of an actor's craft.
But overall, I was reminded of this story's intense spiritual center. The story of thieves, prostitutes, revolutionaries, and their relationship with the law continued 'the beating of my heart to the beating of the drum' of God's gracious forgiveness.
I think we forget all too quickly that the ills of humanity are those things WE ALL struggle to face. The temptation to bend rules foe the cost of our justified good, the sins of our past echoing in the daily rut of our schedule, and the reckoning of what's right and true are all things we have to come to terms with. Les Miserables gives an entertaining emotional moving journey you can relate to at every turn.
I sat in the theater in sections weeping as I continued to hear "To love another person is to see the face of God."
May we learn to love each other as God loved us. "For this is my commandment: That you love one another as I have first loved you." - JESUS-