If you haven't seen it yet go today! Although going to see Les Mis at the movie theatre is a good 3.5 hour time commitment it is worth it. I've already seen it twice and wouldn't mind going again.
The story is based on a novel by Victory Hugo. The stage production has been around for over 25 years. Several movie adaptations have come out, but none of them can compare to this one.
Les Mis is about prisoner Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), who is being released from prison. Once he is free he breaks his parole and sets out to create a new life under a different identity. He is pursued by Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe) who will stop at nothing to make sure Valjean returns to prison. The story follows Valjean through his life of becoming a new man.
Years later he is mayor in a new town and owns a factory where Fantine (Anne Hathaway) is fired from for hiding a daughter in another city. After much turmoil Valjean learns of the misfortune that has come to Fantine and promises to take care of her daughter Cosette. Valjean sets out to gather Cosette from the home she is living in with a scheming Inn Keeper and his wife (Sacha Baron Cohen & Helena Bonham Carter). They are always my favorite part of the production. The characters are hysterical and bring just the right amount of comedy to the heavy story.
After Valjean collects Cosette, he raises her as his own daughter. Flash forward years later, Cosette (Amanda Seyfried) is grown, and she and Valjean are in Paris in the middle of the Rebellion. Cosette falls in love with Marius (Eddie Redmayne) who is too cute for words. Trouble soon follows when Inspector Javert enters the city. Everything comes to a collision at a fight upon the barricades as the Rebellion battles on.
I'm sure several awards are in the near future for this film.