I was totally fine with most of the changes made to the libretto and staging, the additions, and the spoken dialog. However, one thing was almost singularly terrible: Russell Crowe. The man's voice was soft and wimpy. Javert is supposed to have an unearthly bellow, which makes the contrast with Valjean's more soaring vocals the more sharp, and gives the Inspector a menace. The fact that the he was singing in the same voice as Valjean, especially during the confrontation scene after Fantine dies, totally gutted the tension that was supposed to be in the vocal lines. It was just two dudes singing while they fought. Which was kinda dumb. Every time I saw him appear on screen, it made me sad.
But I was a hot mess when Fantine sang "I Dreamed A Dream". That was some good stuff, wow. And I quite liked how Thénardier went from a houh-houh-houh outrageous French accent to the more acceptable "stage Cockney-French" mid-performance. I thought that was actually kinda funny. Overall he and HBC did pretty credible jobs. The standout vocal performance was Samantha Barks, which I guess is to be expected as she actually played the role (Éponine) on stage. Hugh Jackman did a pretty fantastic job as well, but it was a real treat seeing Colm Wilkinson (the original stage Valjean) as the Bishop of Digne.