Let me put all my biases on the table:
I am a HUGE Hugh Jackman fan : every single "X-men" movies, "Boy from Oz" ( I screamed "I love you, Hugh" at the end of the Broadway play), got giddy watching him on "Kate & Leopold" and "Someone Like You".
Les Miserables was the first Broadway play I saw. And then I watched it 3 more times with my parents and children. (I even enjoyed watching the non-musical movie version with Liam Neeson and Uma Thurman)
I admire Russell Crowe's acting abilities. Aside from "Gladiator", which I've seen over and over, I truly love his performances in "Cinderella Man" and "The Beautiful Mind".
Anne Hathaway, ah yes, who doesn't want to be like Anne Hathaway? From "Princess Diaries", to "The Devil Wears Prada", from "Love and Other Drugs" to "Dark Knight Rises". She's an elegant actress -- full of emotions and makes everything looks so effortless.
I first watched Amanda Seyfriend in "Mama Mia" and was impressed by her acting and singing abilities.
And of course, Eddie Redmayne. Who would forget his stellar performance in "Pillars of the Earth?"
Now, let's talk about my fascination for the sound track from "Les Miserables".
The magic of Les Miserables is in its musical score. I believe that when you watch a Broadway play, you can tell the show is a hit is when the audience comes out humming the tunes from the show. After seeing the play for the first time, I heard myself (and the other millions who watched the show, too) singing the tunes. Who wouldn't remember the catchy tunes from beginning to the end? And of course, every girl I knew sang "On my Own" and "I Dreamed A Dream" at least once in their life time.
My second child had sent me a link to the "Les Miserables" trailer way back in the summer of 2012. And every new movie trailer that came out after that was played over and over and over again.
So when finally "Les Miserables" opened, my family and I couldn't wait to see the movie. We would have taken a trip to go the AMC Dine-in Theatre on Christmas Day -- but family tradition of having Christmas Day at home remained a tradition (and what an amazing Christmas we had this year!)
The day after Christmas was when we all watched "Les Miserables"...and we haven't stopped singing "Do You Hear The People Sing".