Phantom of the Opera
Category: Phantom of the Opera Reviews | Posted by: admin
Article Date: December 22, 2004 | Publication: USA Today | Author: reviewer
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If you enjoyed Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera on stage, you surely will like the movie. Based on one of Broadway's biggest successes, the movie looks dazzling, befitting the romantic tale of a tortured musical genius who lives in the catacombs of the Paris opera house and takes a promising young singer as his protégeé. Scottish Gerard Butler does a fine job as the charismatic, ghostly Phantom. Emmy Rossum, only 16 when the film was shot, seems born to play the ingénue Christine. She has a lovely voice, and her scenes with the Phantom are the movie's finest. But there are some flat notes. Minnie Driver as a diva whom Christine replaces is a ridiculous caricature, and ballet mistress Miranda Richardson's French accent is off-putting. Christine's suitor Raoul (Patrick Wilson) is a bit of a drip. But these don't stop the whole lavish affair from being a guilty pleasure. See the trailer. (PG-13 for brief violent images) —C.P.