The truth is that the film is just that: it's film. Motion pictures. The medium has limits and possibilities that shape and reshape the story. It is as ridiculous to judge the musical merits of the movie as it is to judge the musical in light of Victor Hugo's massive novel.
If I wanted a screen version of a musical, I would watch the film adaptation of Oklahoma and question why it feels more like a camcorder shot of a play than a real movie. Instead, what I get in Les Miserables is live singing, complete with close-ups, panoramic shots and whispering. I get bold imagery. I get scenery instead of stagecraft. I don't get a theater production and that's okay.
So, it has me thinking of technology and teaching. Often, teachers say, "A blog is basically an online journal." Except it's not. At least not when it's done well. It is a blog. This means it has the potential for comments, tags, scheduled posting, a global audience and multimedia. True, a student video can be similar to a live presentation. But if that's the case, why not just speak in front of the class.
I know this is an unoriginal thought, but seeing Les Miserables reminds me that students need to learn not only how to use technology, but how to recognize the potential and the limitations of each medium they use.