Still, Javert didn't need that setting to establish his plot role
I think they should have made the Javert part in ODM bigger visually. I would have liked a kind of war council, with Javert talking to the army officer with more officers present and a look at an artillery park and troops marching into position when he sings "we'll be ready for these schoolboys". Would have been a stark contrast to a group of young men loading rifles and melting tin cans for bullets. But apart from that I am still very pleased with how ODM was done. Only the ending is a bit too much flag-wavy for me, but this is true for the entire movie. Less flags please.
Although I criticized that not much of Paris was shown I must praise the Rue de la Chanvrerie set. I can't remember a movie of such a scale for which an entire city block was build for. Including the Cafe with u s a b l e exterior and interior. No wonder the actors compared the set to a giant theatre stage.