The Les Miserables (Les Miz) (2012 film version) fever just started in this part of the world! The local cinemas offered a wide array of MMFF entries during the Christmas holidays to honor the local movie industry, which is a great thing to do as a Filipino. So, Les Miz date will have to wait til the 16th!
To say that I am a fan of Les Miz is an understatement. Although I have yet to see the theatrical performance in a well-respected, world-class stage, I have seen the 1998 Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush and Uma Thurman-starrer film. Quite special since my husband and I are fans of Liam , who once said that “60 is the new 40” (from his looks, i can very well agree), Geoffrey, for his moving portrayal as Lionel Logue in 2010’s King’s Speech (which by the way, was directed by Tom Hooper , who directs Les Miz 2012!) , and Uma , well, Quentin Tarantino’s ‘bizarre muse’, who was just perfect at that as Fantine. The 25th Concert Anniversary made us even proud with Filipina world-class performer, Lea Salonga in it. The DVD copy of that concert was a sure treat , not to mention kids getting to see THE Nick Jonas for some serious vocal and theatrical performance! The new film version also boasts of this generation’s finest. Although not so fond of Anne Hathaway’s movies, i think I am going to love her for this! Locally, we are blessed that there are theater patrons in the city who willingly staged a well-respected play that starred high school students who showed raw talent and great potential. That date-night with my tween and some of her friends was memorable. It was some sort of a Theater Appreciation 101. Complete with what-to-do’s and what-to-wear. Some lessons are best learned from mom, of course.
Back to this Victor Hugo masterpiece, what is more meaningful to me is the timeless message that it brings – one of love, redemption and compassion. Yes of justice, but more of mercy. That each one of us have our own “24601s”. Trapped in our own sins, imprisoned by our own willful & selfish desires, but set free with an unconditional love. “Paroled” not once, but several times. Undeserving, but given a chance. Such is the experience of one saved and redeemed by God’s amazing grace.
And this brings me to this line – “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (excerpt from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (The Bible) .
24601, no more!