This is an incredible story and all need to read it and then see it. It has so
much symbolism, so much power, and so much of what we need in our society. The
question is at what age can this great story be shared with our youth? That has
to be answered for everyone individually. I am thinking that I will take my
kids 12 and up. I am sure I will have to do some further explaining and I am
sure it will cause some sadness in my children to know how bad it can get but
the positives are so important. Life isn't pretty. It is mean, viscious,
cruel, unjust, and "seedy". I am hoping the bright light of Jean can
shine over the bawdy nature of the story.
BYU Joe - Take a deep breath. "Javert" did not write this
article. This was not a cometary on the merits of this amazing story and movie.
Rather, the point was to was give parents information about the content so they
could be informed if this is a movie their kids should see. As
parents we have a responsibility to not expose our kids to content they cannot
understand because they are not mature enough to understand the context. Adults can see what they want and some may indeed need to "chill
out" about some things, but kids are a different story.
Few tales have as much depth as Les Miserables. From the haunting cries of
young girls dreams dashed because of a single mistake to the redemption of a man
who stole to feed his family this story teaches us about our humanity.This type of review talking about a "seedy" look or about women of the
night is just lame. Seriously, have many of us become so concerned about a few
images that you are willing to close our eyes to a much bigger picture. The lessons of this story takes one deep into the depths of
understanding who we are, and some times that includes the so called seedy. We
forget that we are al "beggars before God." Jean Valjean is
an education in mercy. This story is a reminder of who we too often are but at
the same time who we can become. These type of reviews are best
left for you "Javert" types that spend you lives in search of justice
forgetting that when each of us kneels down at night we pray for forgiveness for
ourselves not justice.