The movie worked even better than expected. The musical was big and operatic on stage. By a camera closing in on the people and phrasing that would be impossible in another medium, it feels like the director did a lot with the opportunities.
The exception is Russel Crowe that are unable to carry some of my favorite musical moments. He feels uncertain when he needs to show conviction.
Hugh Jackman on the other hand is very good. He is both going deep into the role and singing a couple of the songs exceptionally well (especially the falsetto aria on the barricade).