Monday, April 14, 2008

Simply magnificent...

My wife and I watched one of our favorite movies again tonight. Les Miserables is beyond excellent.

When we look through the movies while deciding what we may watch together we often pass over this one, likely because its so emotionally involving. Some movies are so good their almost too good, and thereby difficult to watch repeatedly - Les Miserables falls into this category.

Having never read the book I was first exposed to this story with this version of the movie. I was simply blown away. I remember watching certain scenes over and over again to soak up the messages displayed therein.

There are several extraordinary scenes depicting redemption (these are among my favorite scenes from any movie):
1) The priest giving the silver candlesticks to Valjean and the conversation thereafter
2) Valjean's intervention in a court to spare another from suffering for his crimes
3) The very last scene depicting the interaction between Valjean and the inspector

A drastically powerful story of redemption and forgiveness. Simply magnificent...

If you have not seen this yet, do yourself the favor.

9 comments:

Amanda said...

I've enjoyed this movie, as well. :)

lisatatj said...

have not seen it, but will soon! Looking forward to it! I always like movie recommendations ;) thanks

Unbreakable Joy said...

You're welcome to borrow it if you like.

mwh said...

I'm going to have to watch it too! I've not read or watched the story before, but I know it's supposed to be a classic.

You may have started a cascade, here. :-)

Amanda said...

Movie night at Unbreakable Joy's place! I'll bring the popcorn!

;)

Unbreakable Joy said...

That's a great idea!
A new small group focus: movie night.

John Bird said...

We'll have to watch it too. We don't watch much around here, but my three year old did spend 30 minutes playing your Chris Tomlin videos over and over. Her favorite it "the butterfly video."

Unbreakable Joy said...

Our little one also enjoys watching the worship videos. She especially likes the Nicole Mullen video.

Sarah said...

I haven't seen the movie, but I saw the theatrical production in Michigan several years ago. It was moving, indeed! I haven't read the book, either, but they are always better than the movies.

Speaking of books about redemption... my favorite book of all time is Kristin Lavransdatter. It is an amazing tale of sin and redemption! Heck, it won a nobel prize in the 1940s. There is a movie based on the first book of the trilogy, but the second book starts the redemption quest.