I was the biggest target for this. I'm a theater fan that works in the industry (lol not really but close enough) that has never seen Les Mis before, but if one hangs around with just a single actor or ANYONE in the theater industry Les Mis is like the end-all be-all to musicals. So I was stoked to finally see it, despite it not being on stage.
Thought it sucked, long, boring, I honestly felt no connection to anyone. The love story during the revolution threw me completely off, the only scene that felt somewhat theater-ish was the hotel song with cohen and carter, as I could actually imagine all those small gags happening on stage.
Not to say i was expecting a very broadway-esque perfectly staged adaptation, but i was expecting SOME theatrical flourishes. Dancers, synchronized movement, a chorus (besides the end song), something. But it was just a bunch of solos with the shitty camera work mentioned above. I wanted big sweeping...things! I was so enraptured by the opening shot zooming in on them pulling the ship and everyone singing while pulling it in. That opening scene was such a cock-tease. I would've loved for the whole movie to have the grandness of ship pulling scene. But no, just a 3 hour long solo-off.
I thought the singing was excellent though, even Crowe's I liked just for the uniqueness of it. Like I said, I love musicals but have zero experience with Les Mis.