Phantom Hauntingly Good

Category: Phantom of the Opera Reviews | Posted by: admin
Article Date: February 15, 2005 | Publication: Summit Daily | Author: Kimberly Nicoletti
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I haven't seen the Broadway version of "Phantom of the Opera," so I'm not the suave reviewer you should consult if you're wondering if the film will disappoint you when compared to the theatrical production.

But I can say this: If you haven't seen it on Broadway, the cinematic version might just sweep you into the closest reverie of the live experience.

Emmy Rossum, an 18-year-old actress who plays Christine with amazing maturity while still maintaining an air of innocence, captures audiences with her stunning vocals. The phantom, Gerard Butler, equally impresses; his face isn't as deformed as earlier renditions, which adds to the mystique of his evil and good qualities.

The story unfolds as it shows the disfigured musical genius' obsessive love for Christine. She blindly follows him into the depths of his eerie underground world, until her childhood friend lures her romantic attention. Suddenly, the trio find themselves in a deadly struggle filled with jealousy and passion.

Along with the musical composition and the language, what really stands out about this film are the visual spectacles. Incredible scenes recreate Paris in the late 1800s, with all its rich delights.

The Phantom's gothic dungeon contrasts the beauty of the opera house, complete with a huge crystal chandelier and ornate costumes and decor. In addition, the masquerade swirls with exquisite dresses and masks.

While many musicals don't translate well on film, "Phantom of the Opera" succeeds, following in the footsteps of "Chicago."

And the Dolby digital sound system in Skyline Cinemas' new theater heightens the pleasurable experience.