Yeah, Russell Crowe was horribly miscast as a singing Inspector Javert, but he would’ve been incredible in a non-musical adaptation
And that visual image of him tightrope-walking on the edge of the roof during “Stars” is cinematically *perfect* as a metaphor for the way he sees the world and the way he goes about it. Narrow path, not an inch to the east, not an inch to the west, no thought, no decision, just one foot in front of the other or you’re doomed and it’s your own fault
And when he finally has to actually *think* about things instead of just following this extreme by-the-book authority, he freaks out and jumps because he can’t actually process anything
Death by cognitive dissonance.
Oh, um, spoilers for a 150-year-old book, sorry about that.