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The Phantom of the Opera (Widescreen Edition)
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Deep in the passageways below the Paris Opera lives a lonely, talented, horribly disfigured man who revels in terrorizing the theater's employees as The Phantom of the Opera. But when the masked Phantom sees young Christine Daaé, his heart melts. He secretly trains her, transforms her into a star ... and loves her. But when she cannot return his affection, as her heart already belongs to another, all the pain that the Phantom has held within is revealed with horrifying results.]]>
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Ranting over, on with the good stuff. The movie is an absolutely over-the-top, spectacle in everything (AS IT SHOULD BE, FOLKS!) We're dealing with 19th century, gothic romance and a musical score that is closer to opera than not.
Honestly, what else could you expect?
The visual aspects of the movie are rich and sensual and draw the viewer into 19th century Paris. From the opening crack of the auction gavel to the end scenes of phantom disappearing into the emptiness of his life, I found myself ignoring the actors to "let the spectacle astound" me.
The performances were very good with moments of brilliance for some. I'll save the best for last, so...
MIRANDA RICHARDSON-MADAME GIRY-wonderfully mysterious, has great empathy for phantom, yet realizes he must be stopped. Any cast is improved by her presence.Read more ›
Starting with a black and white prologue, the film tells the story of budding opera star Christine Daae and the two men who fight for her heart: the noble Viscount who she knew in childhood, and the mysterious Phantom of the Paris Opera House who hides his ugliness behind a half-mask while sponsoring Christine's career. Like the stage production, this film is awash in glorious colors and sets that would put many epics to shame. It's well balanced by solid performances that help propel the romantic, if melodramatic, story along.
Gerard Butler makes for a wonderfully dark and obsessive Phantom, while allowing the character to retain the audience's sympathy. Miranda Richardson is solid as the dour Madame Giry, who knows the Phantom's secret. Minnie Driver easily gets the most laughs as the over-bearing diva, Carlotta. (It's interesting to note that Ms. Driver's singing is dubbed in the film proper, while she actually sings the new closing credits melody "Learn to be Lonely.Read more ›
I was then somewhat hesitant to see the film version, fearing that it would not live up to my expectations. A little over two hours later and I found myself crying over the Phantom (Gerard Butler) and his love for the young Christine Daae (Emmy Rossum) as she decides between him or the nobleman Raoul (Patrick Wilson).
In short, I love this movie! It was everything I had hoped it to be and more. The story is faithful to the stage version but it also gives the audience a closer look into the lives of the three main characters. The art direction, sets and costumes are resplendent and breath-taking. And the songs are brought to life superbly by the talented cast of young newcomers (Rossum, Wilson) and film veterans (Miranda Richardson, Ciaran Hinds, Simon Callow).
I know many would argue that Michael Crawford was a superb Phantom...that is, except for me. I always felt that Crawford's voice was too high-pitched and not manly enough. To me, Gerard Butler is more effective Phantom. Apart from being incredibly handsome (under that make-up), tall and well built, he also has this rough and raspy voice that is very masculine and full of passion. He IS the Phantom! Emmy Rossum has a hauntingly beautiful voice and has an innocence and sweetness that fits perfectly for Christine. Her voice gives me goosebumps! Patrick Wilson's romantic voice contrasts well with that of the Phantom's.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing adaptation of this classic. I saw the Broadway production and liked this better by far.Published 3 days ago by JR
Mt daughter loves this movie... It is a great big screen adaptation of the musical!Published 4 days ago by Rayner Family
I'm going to give this film an Oreo review.
Something nice: I loved the voluptuous girly statues in the opera house. Read more
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|meaning of the rose and ring||
The ring was given to the Phantom because it was given to Christine my Raoul. She felt pity for the Phantom and gave her part of her married life which was her engagment ring. It sort of signified that she would always remember him. There were no properities involved since Christine seemed to... Read More
Jan 17, 2009 by Shannon Ryan | See all 11 posts
he turns the Phantom into a person that is mysterious yet appealing to Christine. He is seductive, sexy, reassuring. Is he the best singer in the world, no but he is the best singer for this role, What he lacks in technique he makes up for in his ability to make you feel his pain
May 13, 2015 by Galen D. Estep | See all 4 posts
To the original poster.... what were you expecting? It is a mysterious story, all of the items you read have been in previous films in way or another. I have a feeling you saw this not knowing what the story was about.
Feb 14, 2014 by musicmaestro | See all 5 posts
|Is the bonus disk worth the price??||
Definitely. It has the history of the STAGE Phantom and it's great to see Crawford and Brightman in the roles. Makes the DVD cast pale by comparison, though. If your wife watched the stage version, then the two-disc version is a must.
Jan 26, 2011 by T. Florio | See all 4 posts
|which phantom of the opera is this?||
This is the 2005 film adaptation of the 1988 Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, which is currently the longest running show on Broadway.
Apr 19, 2006 by Geoffrey Emerson | See all 8 posts
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