Potentially unpopular opinion? I actually liked that they took out Eponine and replaced her with the Bishop. In the stage musical I felt that they used Eponine more for the audience than for Valjean, which is fine! But film allows for a bit more intimacy and the audience experience isn’t the same as it is during a stage production. The Bishop makes more sense for VALJEAN (he barely knew Eponine), and I felt it really worked.
I definitely agree. The MOMENT that the Bishop walked out on screen, I just started sobbing. it was so very poignant.
maybe this is just me, but the fact that the Bishop is played by the original Jean Valjean makes this part even more beautiful.
Everything has come full circle, and the past can now rest.
Or something poetic of that ilk.