Fr. Barron on Les Miz and the Hobbit (Spoilers)

I love this guy. Healthy engagement with culture while not sacrificing a drop of the Tradition.

And yeah, he’s got a review of “The Hobbit”:

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  • Tolkien did not write allegory or ficitionalized theology.

    • Mark Shea

      I don’t think Fr. Barron is claiming he did.

  • Richard Bell

    Gah! I had to stop watching his review of Les Miserables after the description of the new film’s scene with the bishop. In an older version with Charles Laughton as Javert and Robert Donat as Jean Valjean, Jean does not take the candlesticks, but he loads about every other piece of silver the bishop had into a bag. He is caught by a watchman, who doesn’t believe his lies and drags him back to the bishop. Upon seeing Jean with his bag of swag, the bishop sees something within Jean’s soul. So he thanks the watchman for bringing him back, explaining that Jean had forgotten the candlesticks. He lifts the candlesticks of of his fireplace mantle and places them in Jean’s bag

    • Lillian C

      Warning: SPOILER BELOW:
      @Richard Bell, no need to worry — that scene was preserved intact in the new one!

    • William

      Richard, it is indeed a misspeak by Fr. Barron. Lillian is quite right, the new film version gets it right. He misspeaks about one other things as well in his clip, but I can’t recall what it was right now. Well worth seeing.

  • Mark S.

    I haven’t seen the new Les Mis, but the one with Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush is quite good. And without all the singing for those of us who just can’t get into musicals.