Marianne and I have never recommended a movie on our blog, but yesterday we went on a date and saw the new movie, Les Miserables.
Twenty or so years ago I saw the Broadway play in New York, and it was powerful. But the movie is … amazing.
I was hesitant to go to the movie, because I expected the original Christian themes of redemptive grace and forgiveness in Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel to be watered down, if not eliminated. After all, that’s the way of Hollywood. They take culture created by Christians and bastardize it.
Wow, were my fears wrong. From the first scene to the very end, those themes are explicit and powerfully portrayed. And when I say powerfully, I mean powerfully.
If you are involved in seeing lives redeemed – not in some nice, neat, tidy arms-length way, but in the up-close, raw and gritty way of Jesus like we experience in our fellowships here in Virginia – then you MUST see this movie.
You will cry.
You will hope.
You will be moved and renewed.
At the end of the movie, the audience sat in stunned silence for a few moments from the impact of the film, then broke out in thunderous applause. I’ve never seen such a strong reaction before.
Please, see this movie. Then come back and add a comment.
Here’s the official trailer.