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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gothic-coaster, July 22, 2005
This review is from: The Phantom of the Opera (2004 Movie Soundtrack) (Audio CD)
Great sdtrk, the music is soaringly romantic and gothic.

Gerard Butler sings with beautiful emotion infusing passion where needed (i.e Point of No Return)and allowing his phantom to gain the sympathy of the audience. Emmy sings her parts beautifully with an ethereal, celtic-like quality to her voice. There is this awesome melancholic tone to her voice in Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again that I didn't get from Sarah Brightman in the Original Cast Recording. Patrick Wilson sings handsomely as Raoul. The Broadway actor saves Raoul's seemingly annoying character from being disliked by the crowd. He doesn't sound muffled, wimpy, out-of-date, boring, or stuck-up. His voice sounds crystal clear, young, romantic, and very manly.
The music is lush! it's fun, dark, romantic, sexy and tragic.
I really feel that it does justice to the musical and is able to stand on it's own.

I wholeheartedly recommend it, the only major problem with it is that many people have a problem with Gerard's voice. And while at the beginning I was one of them, I soon noticed something very different between the tenors who otherwise sang the phantom's part and Gerard. Granted that he is no tenor, but the actor sings with this feeling, conveying EMOTION and not just skills. The phantom's supposed to have an angelic, soaring, voice? Well gee, Michael Crawford sure didn't fit that description and still after eons have passed since the musical he gets all the praise. I haven't heard one actor that played the phantom fit the above description; so why should Gerard be bashed on? Infact, he's one of the best phantom's that I've heard and seen and that's overloooking his obvious attractiveness. The other guys may have the voice, but Gerard has the feeling, and that's far more crucial because the story dwells on a man full of passion and pain, and well, Gerard brought it out very nicely!

Besides, it's a FANTASY rendition of the phantom tale, not some documentary that has to be precise. Give the man credit for his notable scotsman courage to be able to take on this grand role. Even if you didn't like him, give him the merit he deserves people!
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Showing 1-5 of 5 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Jan 12, 2009 12:20:45 PM PST
wildman2 says:
I agree with you 100%. It brought tears to my eyes and I'm a 56 year old man. They brough to life with the emotion in song

Posted on Mar 2, 2009 3:00:27 AM PST
Jay says:
Gerard Butler's VOICE is one of the things that MADE this movie. He is more than awesome singing this, I was shocked and amazed when I heard him...he has said he was too, of course as he admits, after about a 1 1/2 years of constant voice training and lessons, but hey he did it, and has an amazing sexual rawness to his voice. Hopefully, he better be hired to do the sequel that Andrew has written, but to open on B'Way first. Between Gerard and Hugh Jackman I have heard, one will open it in NY, and the other in London, and another actor in Hong Kong, amazing!

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 6:14:10 PM PDT
CPN1970 says:
I agree with you 100%, I have heard the "world's best" Phantom and i really had a hard time feeling what Gerard Butler made us feel with his emotional rendition of Point of no return and of course with Music of the Night, for someone who has no formal training I believe he did it perfectly! Andrew Lloyd Webber actually chose him for the part of The Phantom, and like you said it it's a movie not a documentary!!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2013 5:59:36 PM PDT
I, too liked the movie Phantom better than the "correct" operatic version. Butler's Phantom makes you BELIEVE he loves her.

I also love the opera versions for their beautiful technical difficulty and opera qualities but both the hero voices are more romantic in the movie.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 4:36:00 PM PDT
I too agree 100% Gerard's voice "fit" this phantom perfectly. I wish he sees all the positives about his performance and ignore the critics, they are so shallow. They just don't get it. You felt the phantom's emotions all the time which brought us, the audience, deeper into the story. Acting verbally, and singing a story are two different things, he was still able to bring out the characters emotions and that is a rare thing to see. His performance was brilliant. Even though I am posting this years after the movie and have the DVD,and watched it many times, this movie and soundtrack are still selling 10 yrs later. Never tiring to watch. Pertaining to the rest of the cast, a job well done!!
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