Holiday films should warm filmgoers’ hearts

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Article Date: November 19, 2004 | Publication: MSNBC.Com | Author: Paige Newman
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“Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera”
Starring: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, Miranda Richardson, Simon Callow, Ciaran Hind, Minnie Driver
Director: Joel Schumacher
Story: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical comes to the big screen. A disfigured genius (Butler) hides in an opera house and falls in love with the beautiful Christine (Rossum). The Phantom is determined to make her the new star of the opera. Butler plays Raoul, the Phantom’s rival for Christine’s affections. Driver (“Beautiful”) plays Carlotta, the soprano whom the Phantom thinks Christine should replace.
Buzz: Could “Phantom” become the “Chicago” of 2004? It does look likely that this film will end up on the list of best-picture nominees. However, Schumacher is a director with a spotty record. He can be good (“The Client,” “Tigerland”), but he can also be a bit of a hack (“Batman and Robin,” “8MM”). The question is: which Schumacher directed “Phantom”? The cast — other than Richardson, Callow and Driver — is fairly untested. Rossum is probably best known for playing Sean Penn’s murdered daughter in “Mystic River” and Butler for playing opposite Angelina Jolie in the “Tomb Raider” sequel. Wilson proved himself to be a talented actor playing Joe Pitt in Mike Nichols’ “Angels in America.”