My friend, Hollywood Larry, didn't like Les Mis.
He and his bride, Sherry, went to it during the holidays and didn't find some things about the film version of the musical to their liking.
Fair enough. Each is entitled to his or her own opinion.
I previously blogged on its impact on me as I wept in the theater.
Today, I received a link from Hollywood Larry to a post of a very pensive and well-written blogger that offers a different take than both Larry and I hold on the film regarding Russell Crowe's performance.
Here's a taste:
"Russell Crowe’s Javert looked sad. His performance interpreted a man who was obligated to be right and to hate whatever was not legal. In the end Javert exacted justice on himself, committing suicide, unable to find mercy because he had been cursed with the affliction of always being on the right side of the law, therefore never needing mercy.
Because mercy is for broken people. It’s for people who find themselves outside of the camp, outside the lines, outside the safety of acceptance, and hunted by the law. Javert dutifully sacrificed and served the law, and because he failed the law by not bringing Valjean to justice he dutifully killed himself.
I was Javert.
Few people fought for right like I have. Few people relentlessly pursued justice. Few people were made unhappy by the crushing burden of the law. The law will kill you. And it almost killed me. Like Javert, not only could I not accept mercy on other people but I could not accept myself as a broken person because, well, it wasn’t right.
But I found mercy when I found myself hunted by the law. When the law made me realize there was no escape, I found mercy.
Sadly, the movie is only a sentimental story because Christian themes are not ultimately helpful without Christ. But the rest of the story for all the world to know is that, like Jean Valjean who stole the silver from the priest, we need to meet our Priest face to face and get his blessing. Jesus, our Priest, said to the Javerts of the world,
Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy and not sacrifice.” For I came not to call the righteous [Javert], but the lawbreakers [Valjean]. Matthew 9:13
Only the priest who has been personally sinned against can justly grant mercy."