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The Phantom of the Opera

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Director: Joel Schumacher, Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson

Cast: Joel Schumacher, Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson

 

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One of the most popular stage musicals in the history of Broadway and London's West End makes its long-awaited arrival on the motion-picture screen in this lavish adaptation directed by Joel Schumacher. Christine (Emmy Rossum) is a beautiful and gifted young woman who longs to join the company of the Paris Opera House. During rehearsals for one of the opera's grand

Overview

One of the most popular stage musicals in the history of Broadway and London's West End makes its long-awaited arrival on the motion-picture screen in this lavish adaptation directed by Joel Schumacher. Christine (Emmy Rossum) is a beautiful and gifted young woman who longs to join the company of the Paris Opera House. During rehearsals for one of the opera's grand productions, a backdrop falls and crashes to the floor, nearly crushing leading lady Carlotta (Minnie Driver). When several members of the company suggest this could be the work of the "Phantom of the Opera", a spectral presence said to haunt the building, Carlotta drops out of the show, and the fates permit Christine to step in as her replacement. Christine's performance is a triumph, and on opening night she becomes reacquainted with Raoul (Patrick Wilson), a former childhood friend who is now a wealthy and well-known nobleman. Christine soon finds herself smitten with the handsome Raoul, but the same evening she makes a startling discovery -- the story of the Phantom is not just a legend. A brilliant but horribly disfigured composer (Gerard Butler) lives deep in the depths of the opera house, and taken with the beauty of Christine's voice, he abducts her and brings her to his lair, where he offers to help her perfect her talents, offering to write an opera especially for her. As the terrified Christine is comforted by Raoul, the two fall in love, but the phantom sees her affection for Raoul as a tremendous betrayal, and the jealous phantom nearly kills Christine as he nearly killed Carlotta. When the phantom emerges to present the opera's management with the piece he has written for Christine, the singer is asked to put her life on the line in an effort to capture the mad genius once and for all. Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical version of Gaston Leroux's novel, which had already enjoyed several stage and screen adaptations in the past, opened in London in 1986 and has been a popular favorite around the world ever since; the show was still running in New York and London when the film version premiered in late 2004.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Joel Schumacher's film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's spectacular Broadway musical expands greatly on the stage show while retaining everything that made it such a smash. The musical sequences are lovingly presented, woven into the action in operatic fashion -- but Schumacher's Phantom goes way beyond the theatrical edition, making the most of the story's primary setting: the magnificent Paris Opera House. The stage show only suggests what the film shows in opulent detail; every level of the magnificent structure -- including the catacombs beneath it -- are explored in microscopic detail by the cinematographer. The Opera House becomes a living, breathing character, not so much a home to the Phantom as a co-conspirator to his crimes. As created by French novelist Gaston Leroux, the Phantom was a criminal mastermind with a talent for refined torture. Drawing upon the character as it evolved in movies, Webber makes him a tragic figure deserving of the audience's sympathy (at least to some extent). The always masked, hideously scarred Phantom has fixed his eye on Christine Daae (18-year-old Emmy Rossum in a star-making performance), a young chorus girl of great promise whom he has taken on as a protégée of sorts. Under his tutelage she becomes a great singer, but having never seen him she naturally falls in love with a handsome nobleman, Raoul (Patrick Wilson). But the Phantom refuses to surrender her and is prepared to do anything to secure her loyalty and affection. Gerard Butler plays the title role extremely well, although he lacks the charisma of some of his predecessors. He's never quite the spellbinder one expects to see; some viewers will wonder how he maintains his hold over Christine. Nonetheless, he does a more-than-passable job. On the cast's distaff side, Rossum gets stiff competition from Minnie Driver, who's surprisingly good as the tempestuous diva Carlotta, whom the younger woman is expected to replace. Driver does her own singing and makes an indelible impression in what is actually a minor role. Schumacher exhibits a keen understanding of this material -- which, along with his visual sense, makes this adaptation so richly satisfying. Viewers get the best of both worlds: the unabashed artifice of the stage version and the stylish visualization afforded by top-drawer production design and cinematography. If you've ever heard Webber's score (and how could you not have?) you know that his Phantom is a treat for the ears. Now Schumacher has turned out a screen adaptation that's a feast for the eyes. Don't miss it.
All Movie Guide
Again proving himself game for any genre, Joel Schumacher takes the helm of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, a musical whose long delay to the screen represents a rare failure of Hollywood to strike when the iron is hot. No doubt thinking it could be his Chicago, Schumacher was probably as surprised as anyone to see his grandiose production shut out of the major Oscar categories. The film is an incredibly faithful rendering of the popular show. But with Webber's fingerprints all over it, it's never precisely more than that, and that's what separates it from Chicago. Coming only two years on the heels of that film, there's an unjust tendency to judge Phantom according to Chicago's success, and true enough, it doesn't measure up to either that or the stage phenomenon that inspired it. One real difference from the stage: it's unavoidable that the phantom (Gerard Butler) will lose some of his crucial mystery when brought up close and personal with the audience. Seen at a distance, lurking in the shadows, he's a more remote and effective figure. Emmy Rossum fares better as Christine Daae, projecting a disarming mixture of beauty and innocence, and Patrick Wilson is a dashing Raoul. All three leads -- not to mention a funny Minnie Driver as the opera's resident diva -- come off pretty impressively in terms of their singing, which sounds enough like the original Broadway recordings to please ardent fans of the material. In fact, the exquisite sets, lush costumes, and sweeping camerawork -- even the black-and-white frame story -- all compliment the performances well enough. The result is a costume drama that's at times genuinely rousing. It's just not an Oscar winner.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2005
UPC:
0085393895228
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:21:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gerard Butler The Phantom
Emmy Rossum Christine Daae
Patrick Wilson Vicomte Raoul de Chagny
Miranda Richardson Madame Giry
Minnie Driver La Carlotta
Simon Callow Gilles Andre
Ciarán Hinds Richard Firmin
Jennifer Ellison Meg Giry
James Fleet Lefevre
Victor McGuire Piangi
Kevin McNally Buquet
Murray Melvin Reyer
Paul Brooke Auctioneer
Laura Hounsom Young Mme. Giry
Chris Overton Young Phantom
Imogen Bain Carlotta's Maid
Miles Western Carlotta's Wigmaker
Judith Paris Carlotta's Seamstress
Halcro Johnston Passirino
Oliver Chopping Porter
Alison Skilbeck Nun/Nurse
Lee Sellers Chauffer
Ramin Karimloo Christine's Father
Annabel Porter Young Meg
Max Thomas Actor
Jesika Cannon Young Christine
Lucy Casson Ballet Tart
Lorraine Stewart Ballet Tart
Jose Tirado Principal Male Dancer
Jonathan D. Ellis Fop
David Langham Fops
Margaret Preece Confidante
David Arneil Opera Chorus
Annalene Beechey Opera Chorus
Mark Carroll Opera Chorus
Valerie Cutko Opera Chorus
Tricia Deighton Opera Chorus
John Griffiths Opera Chorus
Mandy Holliday Opera Chorus
Terry Kelly Opera Chorus
Sophie Louise Dann opera chorus
Jackie Marks opera chorus
Graham McDuff opera chorus
Brian Wheeler opera chorus
Julia Worsley opera chorus
Chris Jarvis Ballet Boy
Sebastien Torkia Ballet Boy
Greet Botterman Ballet Girl
Elena Buda Ballet Girl
Tess Cunningham Ballet Girl
Liesl Dowsett Ballet Girl
Pia Driver Ballet Girl
Kathryn Dunn Ballet Girl
Sophia Hurdley Ballet Girl
Amy Lawson Ballet Girl
Lucy Potter Ballet Girl
Kirsty Tapp Ballet Girl
Richard Bayliss Opera Populaire Orchestra
Ralph Broadbent Opera Populaire Orchestra
Alexander Cameron Opera Populaire Orchestra
Paul Costin Opera Populaire Orchestra
Matthew Draper Opera Populaire Orchestra
Ben Gant Opera Populaire Orchestra
Jonathon Hill Opera Populaire Orchestra
Timothy Kipling Opera Populaire Orchestra
Jonathan Kitchen Opera Populaire Orchestra
Tristan Keyte Opera Populaire Orchestra
Michael Mansbridge Opera Populaire Orchestra
Jeff Moore Opera Populaire Orchestra
Julian Poole Opera Populaire Orchestra
James Pullman Opera Populaire Orchestra
Robert Purvis Opera Populaire Orchestra
Dave Tosh Opera Populaire Orchestra
Chris Worsey Opera Populaire Orchestra
Andrew Charles Corbett Flamenco Dancer,Masquerade Dancer
Sarah Frasca Flamenco Dancer
Pascal Langdale Flamenco Dancer
Damien Lee Stirk Flamenco Dancer,Masquerade Dancer
Isabel Lesto Flamenco Dancer
Remy Martyn Flamenco Dancer
Carlos Otero Flamenco Dancer
Sandra Ramirez Flamenco Dancer
Beth Sheather Flamenco Dancer
Annika Strandberg Flamenco Dancer
Stephen Berkeley Masquerade Dancer
Rod Buchanan Masquerade Dancer
Deborah Bundy Masquerade Dancer
Philip Catchpole Masquerade Dancer
Nathan Clarke Masquerade Dancer
Blake Clayfield Masquerade Dancer
Dawn Collins Masquerade Dancer
Gem Collingwood Masquerade Dancer
Casper Cornish Masquerade Dancer
Rachael Crocker Masquerade Dancer
Janine Davis Masquerade Dancer
Stephen B. White Masquerade Dancer
Simone De La Rue Masquerade Dancer
Nigel Wright Conductor

Technical Credits
Joel Schumacher Director,Screenwriter
Jeff Abberley Executive Producer
Anna Behlmer Sound/Sound Designer
Julia Blackman Executive Producer
Alexandra Byrne Costumes/Costume Designer
Cinesite Special Effects
Keith Cousins Executive Producer
Peter Darling Choreography
Peter Darling Choreography
Tony Dawe Sound/Sound Designer
Louise Goodsill Executive Producer
Tommy Gormley Asst. Director
David Grindrod Casting
Paul Hitchcock Executive Producer
Antony Hunt Executive Producer
Ralph Kamp Executive Producer
Paul Kirby Art Director
John Mathieson Cinematographer
Andy Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
David Pearson Asst. Director
Anthony Pratt Production Designer
Terry Rawlings Editor,Production Designer
Eli Richbourg Executive Producer
Austin Shaw Executive Producer
Jenny Shircore Makeup
Nigel Stone Cinematographer
Andrew Lloyd Webber Score Composer,Producer,Screenwriter
Nigel Wright Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Public Auction [3:42]
2. Overture [3:44]
3. New Owners and Patron (Hannibal) [4:58]
4. Think of Me (I); Opera Ghost [4:26]
5. Think of Me (II) [4:56]
6. Angel of Music [4:11]
7. Little Lotte [2:34]
8. The Mirror [2:21]
9. The Phantom of the Opera [3:33]
10. The Music of the Night [6:37]
11. Magical Lasso [2:38]
12. I Remember/Stranger Than You Dream It [3:46]
13. Notes [7:28]
14. Prima Donna [3:34]
15. Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh [3:01]
16. Death From Above [4:09]
17. Why Have You Brought Me Here?/Raoul, I've Been There [2:54]
18. All I Ask of You [5:29]
19. All I Ask of You Reprise [2:26]
20. Masquerade [:29]
21. Why So Silent? [5:15]
22. Madame Giry's Tale [3:36]
23. Journey to the Cemetery [4:14]
24. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again [3:30]
25. Wandering Child [4:08]
26. Crossing Swords [1:37]
27. We Have All Been Blind [2:06]
28. Don Juan [4:04]
29. The Point of No Return [2:48]
30. Chandelier Chaos [5:34]
31. Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer [2:53]
32. The Point of No Return Reprise [2:56]
33. A Kiss and a Ring [5:22]
34. Music Over [3:49]
35. Their Beloved [2:31]
36. End Credits (Learn to Be Lonely). [1:42]

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The Phantom of the Opera 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 274 reviews.
ClassicRock_Chick More than 1 year ago
Phantom of the Opera is very deep and emotional. I give props to anyone who can watch that movie and not cry. The story obviously intrigues people since it's been the best selling musical ever and the question was could this movie hold up to that masterpiece? The answer is yes! The actors voices are amazing! At the time, the lead characters weren't big names. In fact most of the cast wasn't which really added to the feeling of reality to the movie. The acting was so well done. This movie brought the scenes from the play to life! It is truly one of the best movies I have ever seen. All the elements that make this movie fantastic go hand in hand, from love to singing to revenge. It all just goes so well together. I recommend this movie to everyone!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie in theaters four times and I never got sick of it! Gerard Butler is the best Phantom ever, his voice has so much raw emotion that you'll love him right away... I already know several people who are already in love with him! Emmy Rossum is a wonderful Christine, her age matches the innocence and purity of her voice, I say bravo! Patrick Wilson is the best Raoul in the HISTORY OF THE WORLD, when he and Emmy were singing 'All I Ask of You' I was melting away... (seeing that I prefer Raoul to the Phantom, and I know several people who disagree with me) he sounds as good as he looks! ^_^ Everyone else did wonderful jobs with their parts (Minnie, Miranda, Jennifer, etc.) once again, bravo to you all on such a wonderful job! The sets and costumes were amazing and the music is unforgetable... you'll be singing the music for weeks, I promise you that!!! This movie is everything you could ever imagine in a Phantom movie... characters who bring lots of emotion to their roles, a cute Phantom and Raoul, and a Christine with the voice of an angel! I will definetly be buying this movie when it comes out in May, no doubt about that... this will be a classic in the years to come!!! ^_^
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have seen the stage performance twice and the movie several times. The operatic voices of Patrick Wilson and teenager, Rossum, were clear and lyrical. Minnie Driver was the surprise since I didn't know she could sing. I had seen Gerard Butler as a folk singer in other films. His voice has a dark, earthy quality that fits the phantom. Some say that he doesn't compare to the more operatic phantoms. He was good enough for Andrew Lloyd Weber so for me, too. Any question of his acting ability is resolved in the roof scene when he is grieving and then expresses that grief in anger.
Orla More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful movie. I cannot stop watching it. This movie captivated me during the first few minutes. It's magical. This is a musical for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The original cast soundtrack would blare out of a boom box in my '88 drama club meetings. I finally got to see it on Broadway (in the nose bleed section) in '96. This movie is just as heart stopping as the original cast music and the broadway show itself! From the moment the Chandelier lifts and the dust is blown away from the seats- to the mysterious end and the music box! I can't stop telling everyone they should see this movie and I can NOT wait to purchase it on DVD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen the Musical twice and absolutely did not want to see the movie, as I thought that it would deterrerate the quality of the stage production. My lesson after being dragged to the movie? Musicals and Movies are two different arts. Yes they can be similar, but really, with the musical you become part of the audience and so you feel connected to the musical in some way (assuming you do like Phantom), but with the movie, the very little computer graphics they did were enhancements. The mirror tricks and such, they do that on the stage as well. Really though, I like the added scenes, such as the grave yard and such. The only real quality singer I found in the movie was the girl that played Christine. The good thing I'll say with the Phantom's voice was that he doesn't sound as fatherly as Michael Crawford did...Movie Phantom sounded more like he was in love with Christine. Now if you actually read the BOOK you'll understand why they added the scenes in the movie to enhance the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I dont know what to say. I saw the phantom of the opera for the first time (this movie) and wa instantly hooked. Everything was awsome! My previous school year i had the opperitunity to go see the play but had no idea what it was about, i didn't go... boy was that the most stupid thing i EVER did! thats all that comes to mind is WOW!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first time I saw it, it instantly became my favourite movie. I love the music, the cast is amazing. I'm constantly singing or humming the songs. This movie is definitely a must see and a must buy. Its vital for any true music lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie since STAR WARS! A friend and I watched it on a Saturday night, by Monday I had the sound track, and by that time the next week I had ordered this DVD and the original novel. It's the kind of passionate yet clean movie a group of teenaged girls can watch three times in less than 24 hours (believe me--we did). Any movie buff, arts critic, or romantic dreamer will flip for it like I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the play on Broadway and Michael Crawford was good but did NOT bring the passion that GERARD BUTLER brought to this movie. Andrew Lloyed Weber did a fantastic job in his casting of Mr. Butler and I hope if the sequel he is writing for the Phantom is either a broadway or movie production,if Gerry Butler is playing the phantom, I will defintely go see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard that Phantom was coming to theaters, I was a little doughtful. Would it be true to the original? But when I saw it, all my fears slipped away. BEAUTIFUL!!!! Though the voices are no where near the original cast, I am quite pleased with the new version of The Phantom of the Opera. The fact that all the cast (almost) sings their parts helped me get used to the idea of them replacing Crawford, Brightman, and Barton. (was it me or was Butler a little hard on the pronuncation of his sylables?)(and though she has a sweet voice, Rossum's words were almost inaudible at the end of "Angel of Music (The Mirror)". Her soprano voice dosent seem to be able to handle words when singing higher in her register. She did a wonderful job acting and her singing was good but she could have brought a little more depth in her voice (including a little more opera)) Any ways, Minnie Driver did NOT sing the part of la Charlotta. It was actually the lady (i cant remember her name!) who sings the part of the confident in "Il Muto". Driver does sing "Learn TO Be Lonely" at the end credits and does a lovely job. I still love the movie dispite its tiny musical problems (again, it could just be me)(I am sorry if anyone disagrees with me on the Butler and Rossum comments, but i just like everything to be perfect.I have played the part of Christine myself and used Brightman as my model, so i am spoiled in a way.) Sincerely, Seventeen year old Angel of Music
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is just as great as the play. The actors doing their own singing what a talented cast.Sometimes the movie doesn't live up to the standards of a play, It was great to see that not only did it live up to the broadway play, but it can stand alone. What a great romance.True Love what can you say about it, you cry,you laugh,you get angry but through it all you live to love.Poor phantom he never learned to live and love so sad to always walk in shadows and illusions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my #1 favorite movie hands down! This was the first movie I cried in. Nothing can compare to a tortured soul falling in love with a beautiful soprano. The love triangle in it keeps it interesting and I was (seriously)on the edge of my seat at the end. All of the casting fit the characters-especially the Phantom's. And even though this may seem like a musical/opera kind of music, it goes so much more beyong that and anyone who likes any kind of music will like the music in the movie-not just the Broadway fans. This movie was suspenseful, romantic, intriguing, and basically the BEST MOVIE EVER! No joke. Go out and watch this movie and cry your heart out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
How do I start? The movie and the music was beautiful, it showed how talent exisits in one human. Patrick Wilson, aka Raoul, was cute! Emmy Rossem, aka Christine, was such a hit, her voice blew me away like the song "Angels" by Jessica Simpson. And let's not forget the real star: Gerard Butler, aka The Phantom, really made the show with his powerful vocals and dare I say how he can pull off the mask and dark make-up great, almost like Johnny Depp! Buy this movie, people, its really cool, and if you don't at least agree with my recomendations!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved this play from the start! The movie only illuminates it more. Gerard Butler as the Phantom gives a darker side to the Opera Ghost!! Emmy Rossum,well what can one say only that her performance as Christine is comparable to Sarah Brightmans. I didn't believe that anyone could top Sarah Brightmans performance as the young Christine,but Lloyd Webber has done it once again in hand-picking his star of the movie version just as he did for the play. The music is haunting and you find yourself days later humming or singing the music. The sets on this movie were spectacular,particularly the one at the masquerade.From the first sound of Emmy Rossums 'Think of Me' you are captivated and she draws you in to her story. I particularly loved the scene on the Paris Opera House roof,when Christine(Emmy Rossum) and Raoul(Patrick Wilson)share a romantic moment with 'All I Ask' as the Phantom who has an unquenchable love for the pretty young Christine and seethes with jealousy for her obvious love for Raoul watches from within the shadows. The catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House are dank and eerie,but you cannot resist the temptation to keep watching. Finally, the music....classic Lloyd Webber....haunting,reverberating, captivating certainly on the same level of composing as Rodgers and Hammerstein.That is truly a compliment because there are not many broadway composers that one could compare to!! All I can say is see this movie,you will then want to own it and it will be a welcome addition to your video library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Phantom of the Opera does not disappoint. The cinematography was superb, the music magnificent, and the singing angelic. I have not seen previous Phantom films so I could not critique the Phantom in this one but he was magnificent in my opinion. I will go out and buy this dvd for my collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stunning visual effects.Intriguing story with a bit of humor and plenty of mayhem caused by the Phantom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! when i first heard of the movie i didn't think very high of it how interesting could a movie be about a guy that falls in love with a beautiful girl but she won't have him because she loves another guy and the phantom's deformed. Well finally my couson talked me into watching it and i was up the whole night rewatching it and trying to memorize the lyrics. I was addicted now a little while later i have the movie, i'm reading the book, i own both the soundtrack for the movie and the orignal brodway, i have the piano music, and i just ordered the music for the flute! The acting was beyond astounding Gerard Butler did a wonderful, Emmy Rosson can sing and act and Patrick Wilson really is good for someone who doesn't play a very good part. One of my favorite parts was when the phantom takes christine down to "the dungeons of his black despair" and sings music of the night each time he sings it and hits the part with soar in ti i close my eyes and i don't breathe. Sure everyone at school things i'm crazy and that i need help but i just feel strongly about an amazing mysterious love triangle story. My one thing that being a good critic i know that you should always say something you didn't like to so here it goes it was really hard to figure out something that i din't like but my only concern is though gerard butler is super hot he didn't exaclty have the same power behind his voice has Michael Crwaford did. Oh well love both the brodway (soundtrack) and everything about the movie i can't complain. Phantom Phan's Unite!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with the movie. Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum are breathtaking together. The Phantom won my heart. The music and performances are amazing. I can't wait to see the stage production. This is now my all time favorite movie. This is a must see.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Rossum voice was haunting. Very good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not believe that such music was possible. Gerard Butler's (Phantom) voice was absolutely amazing. Like many, i was prepared to hear something probably just up to the standard of Michael Crawford (who's voice, honestly, wasn't very good in the role anyway), but Butler absolutely swept me off my feet. He was able to display such passion and loss and pain through his voice that my heart was literally aching at the end of the movie. His character's love for Christine (Emmy Rossum) displays that true, pure love that many people wish they could experience. PHANTASTIC MOVIE!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR DVD COLLECTION!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie should be dedicated to those who are born with physical deformities , much like the Phantom,or to individuals who try to express creativity in a world that rejects their passion for life... Despite Erik's psychological condition, Christine was attracted to him because of his sexual precense. People who are not physicially incapaciated usually have a stunning sexual master. The ability that unites them all is a very normal, healthy sexualality. That is why Erik and Christine have such a deep, soulful union together.Anyway, Joel Schumacher's previous films have disapointed me . Most of them have been B-grade gorey horror movies.''Phantom of the Opera ''has been one of the most beautifully directed films he has done, probably because it is a film adaption of Lloyd Webber's stage production.Credit goes to Emmy Rossum's outstanding performance and beautiful voice,Patrick Wilson's great talent,Miranda Richardson's french accent,beautiful braided hair,and stunning performance,Minnie Driver's amazing facial expressions portraying a real PRMA DONNA,her voice talent, and ,of course, her acting!!! Beautiful cinnematography and wonderful costumes!!!! It's more than just a musical. It is a story of longing for love,a tender reminiscence of looking inside the dark regions of the human heart...filled with tragedy and the dream of human contact between self-realism.Some of it is sad,some of it hilarious(especially the managers),some of it is unbelievable,and all of it is charming.Trapped in a tortured, constrained and the most miserable body imaginable,Erik the Phantom dared to dream of love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a Phantom phan ever since I was a child. When I heard Joel Shumacher was directing a film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's play, I became very excited and couldn't wait for the movie's release. It took me a while to go see the movie, but when I finally did, I fell even more in love with The Phantom of the Opera. The cinematography, the singing, the atmosphere, everything was awesome! I've heard complaints from many about Gerard Butler's singing and comparisons to Michael Crawford, and I do admit that Gerard Butler's voice is not operatically trained in any form, but the raw edge in his voice is able to deliver a certain rough emotion that Michael Crawford's flawless voice never will have. I've also read from other reviews that Michael Crawford should have been casted instead of Gerard Butler. Take in mind that Michael Crawford was 67 (or around that age) when Emmy Rossum was 16. It's entirely not appropriate to have a man of that age caressing a teenage girl. Really, have a bit of sense on matters like that. I am just thankful to have another Phantom film out there. And if it weren't for this movie, the stage sales would have decreased. I don't ask the people who dislike this movie to like it, but I do think you should get over it. For anybody who hasn't seen this movie, I highly recommend it. But don't let anyone else's comments influence your own opinion. Keep an open mind and come to your own conclusions at the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brava! This is a film everyone should see. Christine fitted the role and sung the parts well (although my opera-singer freind didn't think her voice had enough power to get through that theatre), the Phantom was surprisingly good (how does he keep that mask on, anyway?)... but Raoul's hair-do had somthing in want. I knew the plot, but I began to have new doubts about how the whole thing would end. The ending that acually HAPPENED ws excuisite (and quite charming as well). I was, overall, very impressed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this movie. Gerard Butler is a wonderful phantom!