I know it seems almost comical... but there is power in the written word and in the visual interpretation of the well-written book. I have heard more good things about this movie than any movie released...since, jeez. I don't know. Maybe Schindlers List?
The message of mercy in Les Miserables is powerful. I would love to see it, but I don't cry in public...if I can help it. :D So I think I'll wait for the DVD version. My sister posted this video review that sort of sums it up, nicely.