Category: Phantom of the Opera Reviews | Posted by: admin
Article Date: October 27, 2004 | Publication: TBI | Author: Adam Bayliss
Hot on the trail of Moulin Rouge and Chicago, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera hits Western screens in December.
Sticking almost exactly to the stage version (with a few songs either cut or re-ordered) Phantom is set to appeal to not only die-hard fans, but also a whole generation who are just about to discover what is the 'Brain Child' of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Gerard Butler (The Phantom) captures the screen with every scene in which he appears, and any REAL doubts about his voice are cast aside. His acting quashes any of the stage Phantoms to date, and his singing, whilst not suited to a stage performance, certainly fits the bill as far as screen interpretation goes.
Although we sit wishing Emmy Rossum had a slightly stronger voice on the highest notes, she nonetheless portrays a Christine that is vulnerable and in need of guidance - a contrast that proves great against Butler's dominating and intimidating Phantom.
Patrick Wilson's Raoul, brave and courageous, really shows a last resistance to the Phantom's terrorising regime. A fantastic singing voice (he HAS preformed on Broadway after all) the only real negative thing we can think to say him is his rather womanly hairstyle. Certainly the girls in the TBI office would pick the Phantom over Raoul any day.
With lavish sets and an emotional score, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera has begun its well-deserved journey to (we're conservatively guessing) at least three academy awards