Newbie confession time: I used to love the miniseries with Depardieu & co, when I watched it back in 2000 - mainly because of the way Cosette was portrayed and - wait for it - I kind of liked Malkovich!Javert. Oh, yes.
I probably shouldn't have rewatched the series recently
Although I still think parts of it are quite good (I have a soft spot for Depardieu's Valjean, and the Cosette remains adorable), scenes like the one, when Valjean mentions to Marius, that he's in love with Cosette, overshadow the pretty good parts. (I could understand, that Valjean confuses his close emotional connection to Cosette for romantic love, but why he should consider it a good idea to tell Marius about this, is beyond me).
As for Marius in this version, I'm torn: I rather like the actor (and I might be one of the few people in existence who think he's attractive
), but, I don't know, he seemed too "tough", too involved... the one scene I probably dislike the most is the one at the university, when Enjolras & Courfeyrac go on and on about how brilliant Marius and his revolutionary rethoric are...