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Category: Phantom of the Opera Reviews | Posted by: admin
Article Date: January 12, 2005 | Publication: Baltic Times | Author: Critic
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The Phantom of the Opera

Director: Joel Schumacher

The greatest strength this movie possesses is that the actors in the leading roles can both act and sing tremendously well, and aren't merely a bunch of actors who have been taking some off-set singing-lessons. Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum exorcise their voices and acting skills with power and vigor. However, this screen version of the famous musical is strangely unexciting and unmemorable, and the magnificent sets, splendid costumes and potent score can't change that fact. Though attractive to the eye, the movie has little emotional impact and never takes our breath away. Director Joel Schumacher remains overly faithful to the stage-production nature of the musical, which has done it very little good as a movie. "The Phantom of the Opera" is clearly watchable but lacks some real oomph. ** ? (Julie Vinten)

Earning over $3 billion worldwide, Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera" is one of the most successful musicals in theater history. Based on the 1910 Gaston Leroux novel there have been over a dozen film treatments, including a rock n' roll "Phantom of the Paradise" in 1974. This Webber-sanctioned version is an impressive, mesmerizing experience possessing a dreamy make-believe quality. Lurking in a labyrinth of caverns beneath the Paris opera, the Phantom (Gerald Butler) has been an unseen mentor and substitute father to Christine (Emmy Rossum). Butler and Rossum are terrific in their roles. Minnie Driver is wonderful to watch as Carlotta, a pernicious, temperamental diva. She is the only cast member not singing herself. The sets are sumptuous and the drama is believable. Romantics get out your hankies. **** (Laimons Juris G)