Jan and I went to see it tonight finally, and we were totally transported! It's riveting from the start, and everyone is perfectly cast. I couldn't remember where I was for a few moments after it ended, and people actually applauded at the end, including me. If Hugh Jackman does not win the best actor Oscar, there truly is no justice in the world or at least not in the entertainment industry. Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and everyone else was amazing, too.
You have to see it on the big screen. If you do not cry in this movie, especially at the last two scenes, I would wonder about the hardness of your "heart." Excellent!!!