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Sorry, but I think Anne Hatheway brought such a haunting and utter desperation to the song. The lyrics awoke from their slumber and gripped even the stoniest of hearts. The only reason Susan even gets a nod is because of her plain looks juxtaposed to her vocals, which in my opinion is just "pity."
Anne my darling, was at the brink of insanity, holding on to a few foggy memories of a child she would never see again. If ever Fantine arose from the ashes of her burned aspirations, it was at this moment when beauty collided with an awe-inspiring ballad to create a performance that miraculously ignited her misery and brought joy to the hearts of all her viewers simultaneously. Anne for the Gold. Susan a very distant second and Glee who?(though Rachel's on my own was far superior than the film's)
There really can be no comparison with Susan Boyle. All other people who sing this song are actresses sing/acting I Dreamed a Dream while Susan is singing her life-song/story I Dreamed a Dream. For me, these are like two separate songs, if you know what I mean. Anne does a really good job acting the song and I hope she and the movie win awards for this. Susan inspires me and no one else no matter how well they sing the song personally inspires me like that. The magic of Susan's interpretation was far greater than the comparison to her looks and the fact that she could sing. The words of the song became alive and held meaning in who Susan was and gave hope to all. There was much economic turmoil and the song gripped people as a song of the times and Susan delivered the magic and hope that was so needed.
Comparing is a bit ridiculous. Anne Hathaway sang the song numerous times until they got what they wanted, and she was acting out a role.
Susan Boyle sang it once, in front of a large audience, was very nervous and she was just singing a song.
That wasn't the question. SB did a good job no doubt. But the magic of her performance isn't how we'll she sang the song, but that everyone was so sure she was about to completely suck, and didn't. And if you don't think she practiced you're wrong. Hathaway not only sang the hell out of that song but she did it while showing the absolute horror of Fantine's circumstance. I shed a tear for SB because I was watching someone's dream come true. I shed a tear for Fantine(Hathaway) because I was watching the realization of her hopes and dreams torn apart. Apart from the rape scene in "the girl with the dragon tattoo", this was one of the most viciously depressing scenes I've ever seen. And she did it in one take,(they didn't splice performances together). Just like Susan Boyle.
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