Although Les Miserables was one of my favorite movies of 2012, the cinematic version does not live up to the splendor of the West End/Broadway production, exemplifying the enduring relevancy of live theater. In a nutshell, director Tom Hooper's motion picture adaptation makes some daring choices in casting, cinematography, and sound design. Some of those choices backfire a bit, but most of them result in a satisfying interpretation to one of the greatest musicals ever created.
Because of my adoration for both the Victor Hugo novel and the stage production of Les Miserables (composed by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Alain Boubil and Jean-Marc Natel), my analysis of the movie may be far more biased than your typical film review. Read onward to discover my not-so-humble opinion.
Or... skip my shallow commentary and write your own brilliant review of the movie musical, "Les Miserables."