I have never read the book or watched the musical but I watched the film last night and absolutely loved it!!!! I surprised myself by not crying,( I did have tears in my eyes at some points) and was very surprised that there was a round of applaud at the end of the film, first time that's happened when I've been to the cinema but I did join in!
I though it was fantastic, depressing yes, but so moving. Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman were amazing! I also thought Helen La Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen were marvellous. I thought Russell Crowe was ok but not great...although my friend thought he was great. I also thought the young Cosette was brilliant.
I would certainly watch it again
The songs are amazing!!