Grace is Gamble, Always

Wondering Fair

The latest film rendition of Victor Hugo’s classic, Les Misérables, is beautiful and intense and lyrical. The photography is gorgeous, the storytelling vivid, and the songs continue to hum in your brain long after the Les Miserables Fantine Anne Hathawayfinal credits roll down. (You can see that liked the movie, eh?)

But what inspired me the most is that Hugo’s plot, as rendered on the screen by Tom Hooper, is a theological masterpiece. It amplifies what is highest and what is lowest in us, bright in its colors and epic in its melodies. The main characters come to personify highest realities, almost like an allegorical typology, and the struggle between them feels like the struggle between much grander forces: a struggle between different conceptions of the world, between good and evil.

The treacherous filthy Thénardier couple, for instance, in their exploiting, robbing, and abusing of others, stand as a picture of human Sin. Marius…

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