I finally saw it last night. It lived up to every single expectation, in my opinion. At the end, my head hurt from crying for two and a half hours, straight.
An old friend of mine (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miriam-Pultro/109462092412448?fref=ts) who is in New York trying to break into the world of major motion pictures auditioned for Eponine and apparently they liked her but thought they should go with the 25th anniversary actress. I think she would have been great, but other than that, the entire thing was just phenomenal.