Les Miserables is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful stories of life, justice, and redemption. Filled with real pain, struggle and heartache, yet also with love, sacrifice and a tiny bit of joy. It does not gloss over the hard things, nor slap a happy ending on to make everything pretty. It is a story that speaks to the deep places of the heart that are broken and left without hope, and tells of the resilience of humans living in a very messed up world. It shows our search for redemption, and our inability to create it for ourselves. There is so much in one story, yet woven together beautifully.
I have seen Les Mis on stage twice now, and have also watched the film version with Liam Neeson multiple times. This winter they are releasing a new film version that includes all of the musical numbers. At first I was a bit skeptical, but then I saw this:
Gives me chills, every time. Beautiful. Who wants to go with me when it comes out??
ps. pay no attention to the mess of worthless other videos at the end that come up. this was the only video up thus far, so we take what we can get.
I love the Harry Potter series. Really, in my opinion it is one of the best stories I have read in a really long time. And though I’m not sure if JK Rowling believes in Jesus, the redemptive elements woven through her books are beautiful. The character of Severus Snape just amazes me. He was a character I immediately disliked, and I could never understand why Dumbledore seemed to be on his side. Until I got to the last book, that is. I remember sitting in my bed at 3 am, wide awake trying to finish Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in one sitting, crying as Harry (and I) realized the truth about who Snape really was. Finally I understood the anguish Snape’s character was in throughout the years, and I came to love him and what he did in sacrificing so much for the woman he loved.
Rowling wrote his character brilliantly, and the way Alan Rickman depicts Snape in the movies is breathtaking – most notably in the last one. Rickman was everything I pictured Snape to be – cold, aloof, snide, greasy, careful, and tortured. The moment I was anticipating the most in the last film was when the truth about Snape’s character is revealed, and I was not disappointed. It was done so well, and cemented in my mind the idea that Alan Rickman deserves an Oscar for his role as Snape. I read this article the other day where he talks about his time doing the Potter movies, and they agree with me as well. 🙂 I love that JK Rowling filled him in from the beginning – she gave him the one secret that was hidden from everyone else until the final book was released. I think that is what makes him so good in the films – he knew and was everything his character was supposed to be from the very first take.