Let me take you down memory lane to the 19th century where the characters in Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables French novel first come to life. It was here that the world first encountered Jean Valjean, Javert, Cosette, Fantine, Marius, Eponine, etc. in the midst of their strife and struggles. Because of the captivating and gripping accounts of the lives of oppressed factions throughout portions of French history as depicted in the novel, Les Misérables found its way into film and, later on, into one of the most widely celebrated musicals of all time.
In 2012, Working Title Films decided to bring Les Misérables back to life by producing a film based on the musical by Alain Boublil and composer Claude-Michel Schönberg. This version of Les Misérables again captivated the audience with their superb casting and their wonderful renditions of songs from the original musical. For this particular film, all but two songs were included – Dog Eats Dog and I Saw Him Once.
Being as true to the musical as possible, most parts of the movie were sang wonderfully by the cast, among them leading actors Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe, and Anne Hathaway.
So gripping and captivating are the 2012 film’s renditions of “I Dreamed a Dream” and “On My Own”, sang by Fantine (played by Anne Hathaway) and Eponine (played by Samantha Banks), respectively, that these songs have become worldwide favorites. Anne Hathaway’s rendering of “I Dreamed A Dream” was so captivating, in fact, that many find this to be a favorite scene in the movie. She was able to enchant the audience with her rendition and grip their emotions.
Listening to each song in Les Misérables’ soundtrack draws the audience in and captivates listeners making them feel the emotions of the particular character during each scene. “At the End of the Day” and “Do You Hear The People Sing?” are very fitting to the scenes within which they are sung. The latter anthem of the rebellion, for instance, builds within viewers a nationalistic emotion that allows the viewer to empathize with the revolutionaries wanting to create change.
The soundtrack of Les Misérables is said to be timeless and all encompassing. Behind the lyrics of each song is a story that tugs at the emotions of all those who chance upon them. During its third week, the Les Misérables soundtrack was said to have topped the Billboard 200. It was its skyrocketing sales and popularity that earned Les Misérables a spot among the top 10 best selling soundtracks of 2012.