We are a theatre-goer kind of family. Theatre, as in, movies, the cinemas. And theatre, as in, performing arts, plays, musicals! (I think this is pretty obvious by now.) It is one way we take a break from the books, recharge from our usual routine and yet still end up talking about the film or play like an academic subject…but only in a more engaging manner. You can say that the theatre is one of the many classrooms we have in our homeschool 🙂
Last January 18, we went to watch the much-awaited movie Les Miserables, starring Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, and Russsell Crowe as Inspector Javert.
I made sure that it was written down in my planner and it was going to be ticked off in my to-do list at the end of the day. No way are we going to miss this film! So there I was, lined up at the ticket counter, by 11:00 in the morning. I chose the 4 pm screening and I wasn’t surprised to see that most of the center seats were already taken. We had time to eat lunch and wait leisurely until it was time to enter Cinema 1.
I’m not going to do a review or critique of the movie. Overall, we LOVED it even with its imperfections (Arielle and I did not really like Russell Crowe’s singing) and scenes that really needed our parental guidance. None of us dozed off given that it was 2 hours and 45 minutes long. Plus wouldn’t sniffs and wet tissues be enough proof of how engrossed we were from beginning to end?
Whenever we watch a movie or a stage play or musical, we always talk about it afterwards. Over a snack or dinner. In the car. Till we get home. Until the next day or an occasion related to it comes up. It’s like a protocol for us. We all engage in a lively exchange of views and opinions. Questions often lined up for discussion are:
1. Did you like it?
2. What’s your favorite part?
3. What is/are the lesson(s) in the movie?
4. What would you do if…?
5. If you were (a character in the movie), what would you do?
6. Was it a good movie? Why?
7. What didn’t you like about the movie?
8. How did the movie affect you?
9. Is it realistic? Do you think it could happen in real life?
10. What’s your best song/dialogue/scene?
For Les Mis, Mike threw the first question after we left the cinema, which I think is really the best take-away to ponder: What is the lesson in the movie? I didn’t attempt to take over because I wanted to see where exactly he was leading us with his question. Arielle immediately answered, “Accepting Jesus Christ can change your life.” (That made me so thankful that all my efforts in teaching the Christian Living subject and the Catholic faith were not put to waste!)
Then, Mike followed it up and ahhhhh! He was taking it from the character of Jean Valjean.
Lesson: Do not judge people. People can change.
That kept me quiet and it was indeed a very good lesson to remember from the movie. Perhaps something we could do to make this world of ours a much better place to live in? Where chances are given to others who have wronged and we see the innate good in them instead of the bad?
It’s been four days since we saw the film and Les Mis is still on my mind. What else does it impart? Sacrifice. Love. Different kinds of love.
- Love of a mother for her child (Fantine to Cosette);
- Love of a young lady rebel for a man (Eponine to Marius);
- Love of a young revolutionary for a young, beautiful lady (Marius to Cosette);
- Love of one for money (the Thenadiers);
- Love of men for their country (Marius and the rebels to France);
- Love of a father for her adopted daughter (Valjean to Cosette)