Les Misérables (2012) - Originally based on the 1862 French historical novel by Victor Hugo with the same name, this musical drama film tells the story through the songs as performed in the original stage musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg. The star-studded cast include Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert, Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Eddie Redmayne as Marius Pontmercy, Sacha Baron Cohen as Thénardier, Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thénardier, and the new-comer Samantha Barks as Éponine. It is notable that the director Tom Hooper chose an innovative way to have the actors performed the songs live during filming instead of lip-syncing with the per-recording songs in order to let the actors act as natural as possible. The method proves to be successful as the cast delivered a great and powerful performance through the familiar musical numbers. One of the most memorable scenes is Anne Hathaway in the role of Fantine performing “I Dreamed A Dream” in the saddest and the most heart-wrenching moments of the film. The cinematography masterfully captured the grand scale of the sets as well as the emotionally close-up of the characters. The story is fast-paced and balanced with dramatic moments and comic reliefs. All in all, it is an epic film with enjoyable music and powerful performance by the cast.