I've never seen the musical and had no idea what the story was about aside from having seen the trailer. That said, the film was definitely true to its title; just when you think things are starting to look up, there's another tragedy. Many parts of the story were too far-fetched - anything remotely comedic like Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen's characters just felt out of place. However, Tom Hooper does a wonderful job with directing and the cast is spectacular. The two characters that truly stood out for me were Eponine, who is absolutely heartbreaking, and Gavroche (the street urchin).