Originally Posted by Literature
Really liked Les Miserables. I was very impressed with Anne Hathaway, Jackman, and Eddie Redmayne (whose remorseful song "Empty Chairs with Empty Tables" was probably my favorite). Russell Crowe's voice didn't bother me at all. The Christian imagery was bold and welcoming.
Before watching the musical, I watched the 4.5 hour French version from 1934 on hulu. It is phenomenal, with a nearly perfect pace (the battle scenes are dated and a bit tiring). A note: the actor who plays Jean Valjean was Jewish and killed in the Holocaust.
Crowe was terrible. He destroyed Javert musically.