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3.0 out of 5 stars Ellison shines as a more "Leroux" Meg, December 28, 2005
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This review is from: The Phantom of the Opera (Two-Disc Special Edition) (DVD)
Honestly, I too viewed this movie musical with mixed emotions. As a phan of the original novel by Gaston Leroux, I had simply fallen in love with the cynical Meg Giry, and her dark countenance. When I saw the broadway show I was appalled.

Music and Lyrics: GREAT

ADAPTATION: HORRENDOUS.

Meg was now some sissy blonde who was scared of everything and had no self-esteem! The antithesis of Leroux's Meg! I went to the movie expecting no different.

But you know what? Jennifer Ellison completely redefined the role of Meg. Her previous roles and ballet skill were just what was needed for the role, and her acting gave Meg a more dignified, mysterious role. Plus it helps that Meg gets A LOT more scenes in the movie than in the musical, and plays a much bigger part.

Emmy Rossum is an ACTUAL operatic SOPRANO (worked with the Metropolitan Opera), unlike Sarah Brightman, whose voice was too low for my tastes. Patrick Wilson is on my favorite Raouls list, right below Wishbone.

Gerard Butler played a similar "dark angel/stalker" character in Dracula 2000 (the second thing I saw him in after Tomb Raider), so I knew he could act. And as for singing...Well, he's no Hugh Panaro. And Miranda Richardson was THE Madame Giry.

Overall, I give this 3 stars, mostly for the casting of Ellison as Meg Giry, costume/set design, and musical adaptation.

The two stars off were for faithfulness to Leroux (where IS that Persian?), something Andrew Lloyd Webber should have brought up during the making of the film at some point.

If you're going to buy the DVD, buy the 2-disc version, because there are bonus interviews with the cast (cough) Ellison(cough) and looks behind the scenes at what was changed, what was added, and why. Reccomended for Leroux Meg phans!
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Initial post: Jan 22, 2011 3:24:59 PM PST
G. Mcinnis says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2011 12:25:27 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 5, 2011 12:31:10 PM PST
sekhui says:
@ G. Mcinnis: What? You are very mistaken. The original story, Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, was written by Gaston Leroux and published as a series in a French newspaper from the end of 1909 to the beginning of 1910. The book most certainly came first, although it did not attain popularity until much later. Every film/musical since has been adapted from the book, not the other way around.

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Posted on Dec 28, 2012 2:46:27 PM PST
"...right below Wishbone."

hahaha. Loved that!

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 7:40:14 PM PST
musicmaestro says:
Where is the persian? Actually IN the Lloyd Webber version Madame Giry and the Persian were combined as one character in order to have one less person in the show. If you notice Giry is the one in here that knows the phantoms secrets much like the Persian does in the original story
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