source: universal pictures
If only for one reason: the depiction of grace.
Grace is something that so many of us struggle with -- Christians or not -- simply because the notion of grace is that it makes things unfair.
If others mess up-- we want revenge, we want things to be made right and that could involve not forgiving someone or even punishing someone. And if others continually mess up, forgetting having anything to do with them. In fact, we should push away people who mess up-- even if they ask for forgiveness, or even, gasp, say they've been changed.
Without spoiling the movie, the main character Jean Valjean experiences extreme grace, when for no reason at all-- even in the face of something he's done-- someone extends grace to him. It causes him to turn from his former life-- be made new -- and to extend that same grace to others.
It's so different from another character Inspecteur Javert who cannot see past the laws, staying fixed in his beliefs that in order to receive love, respect, anything-- he has to do things right-- do things perfectly. He creates a narrow life for himself and one that is largely unhappy.
When I walked out of the movie, it wasn't the songs that followed me home but the notion of pure grace-- believing that doing good and being good are from God, given to those who don't deserve it and know they don't. I, too, do not deserve grace from God yet I am freely given it. The best way to show God, and show love, is to extend that grace to others. And sometimes, give myself that grace as well. Perhaps another New Years resolution ;)