Nothing could really compare to the stage versions and the buzz that comes from seeing and hearing them live, but it didn't disappoint! This new movie version was brilliant in it's own right. For those who don't know the story, it's set in 19th Century France and tells the story of how ex-convict Jean Valjean (played in the movie by Hugh Jackman) is hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole.
I loved it. It 100% surpassed my expectations. I thought Russell Crowe did a much better job than the reviewers led me to believe, I almost burst into hysterical tears every time Anne Hathaway appeared on the screen AND swooned all over the place when Marius and Enjolras started singing! 'Master of the house' and 'Do you hear the people sing?' were by far the the best (almost making me believe I could start my own revolution back in Carrick! Barricade the new bridge maybe?), and Sacha Baron Cohn had the whole place in fits of laugter. By the end of the film I was wiping mascara from my cheeks and breaking into a round of applause with the rest of the emotional wrecks in the cinema! I can't stress enough how AMAZING it was and how much I enjoyed it! If you haven't seen it, GO SEE IT! If you have seen it, GO SEE IT AGAIN! It's just THAT good! Honestly, you wont be disappointed!