After waiting and waiting to see this movie, I finally saw it last weekend.
I REALLY wanted to love it.
But I didn't.
The stage version is far superior in many ways. Watching this movie just made me want to watch it on stage again, so I immediately began looking for a stage version on DVD. (I think I want the 10th anniversary one, since the 25th has a Jonas brother as Marius).
I still cried throughout the whole movie, because, let's face it, when Fantine dies, or on the barricade when they all die, it is just plain sad.
Anne Hathaway, in my opinion, made the movie what it is.
Also, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen were great.
Russell Crowe should NOT have been in this movie, unless it was a silent, non-singing part.
Amanda Seyfried sounded like she was a squeak toy as she attempted to sing the part of Cosette.
Eponine and Marius were acceptable.
I still haven't made up my mind about Hugh Jackman. I didn't find him spectacular like Anne, nor did I find him horrible, like Russell.
I just felt like they could have done so much more with this movie, but they decided to go with star power rather than talent.
Next time, stick with talent.
(Recently, I have been introduced to making photo books online, and will be reviewing my usage of the different companies. I am just waiting to see the final product of one more and then I will write my conclusions.)