Les Miserables and Christians… what to do?

Should Hollywood and the Christian world ever collaborate and work together on faith-based films?  Such an effort is being made with the feature film Les Miserables.  Matt Steen and Todd Rhoades discuss whether or not this a good thing.

According to CNN:

The story in “Les Miserables” is heavy with Christian themes of grace, mercy and redemption. The line everyone seems to remember is “to love another person is to see the face of God.”

NBC Universal looked to capitalize on those components and promoted the film to pastors, Christian radio hosts and influence-makers in the Christian community.

The latest film adaptation of the musical is raking in the cash. As of Wednesday, NBC Universal reported, it had pulled in $80.57 million in 2,814 theaters. After winning Christmas Day, the film finished third in the box office totals over the weekend, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com, narrowly losing out to “The Hobbit” and “Django Unchained” despite being on significantly fewer screens.

“If you’re a Christian and you’re seeing this film, you can’t help but see these themes,” said Jonathan Bock, founder and president of Grace Hill Media, the firm hired for the targeted marketing campaign.

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  • David Sweet January 17, 2013 Reply

    Confession–I must be low-brow or mid-borw. I did not like the movie. I guess I learned I don’t like musicals. Maybe it was the mood I was in going in. I loved Amadeus so I don’t think I’m completely low-brow. I liked Grease, but that was silly so you were ok with the singing. But a movie that portrays some realistic things—then breaks into singing–I say pick one: musical or movie, but don’t try to mix the two. It didn’t work for me. The music was not inspiring–dirges all the way through. Also, of course there were Christian themes–in your face Christian themes. I appreciate the courage to have Christian themes. (I never read or have seen the story so it was new to me–I know–mid-brow) I know the hero was redeemed from tragedy and his sin. But his virtue from that point on is wall to wall. I like my heroes a little more flawed. The hero was a Christ-figure. Too much virtue for me. The Church was all-good–a very unrealistic portrayal. I like the goodness of Christianity to be on display, but not to a inauthentic degree. It was a morality play with the most one-dimensional tone. The obvious conflict between law and grace—yes–we see it–does it have to be smooshed in our face? I like to dig a little for conflict and theology—I don’t need it to be so obvious and repeated. And the hero popping in and out of the front lines of the fighting was too much. Then the hero dies–and in death he walks out of the cathedral and what is heaven? Heaven is the French people singing about revolution–no songs about Christ, the glory of God? I think the final song–the one sung earlier may have had a slight reference to heaven–I could not pick it out. I just saw that heaven was revolution: the weak overcoming the strong. Even “Places in the Heart” ended with a heaven-type seen of the community (black and white) gathered and sharing communion. But most of all–the singing did not work with the movie scenes. Help me–what am I missing? I was miserable. (pardon that)

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