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"Phantom" test screening: my review

Category: Phantom of the Opera Reviews
Article Date: September 29, 2004 | Publication: BroadwayWorld.Com | Author: Rose MacShane
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A little backstory: On Sunday I went to the movies and there were some people offering moviegoers the chance to see a free test screening of "Phantom of the Opera" and, of course, I jumped at the chance. I literally just got back and it...is...WONDERFUL!!
I don't want to give away too much, nor am I a huge fan of the show, but I absolutely loved it. The movie opens in grainy black-and-white in Paris, 1920s, at the Opera House during the auction. When the time comes to light the chandelier, the theater explodes with sound as the overture blares over the speakers. As the chandelier rises, the theater is resetored to the beauty it had in its heyday, all in rich color.

Gerard Butler is an amazing Phantom (and really hot to boot!). He plays the role a little more gruffly, but I really liked the interpretation (and I've never been a huge fan of Michael Crawford) Big plus: He never gets whiny, like a lot of Phantoms have. Emmy Rossum is a superb Christine. She has a beautiful voice and really captures the character.

Honestly, I can't pick a favorite song. They were all great. But my highlights were probably "All I Ask Of You" (so sweepingly, epicly romantic) "Point of No Return" (oh man, if you thought it was sexy onstage, you will be blown away!) and the overture. I was curious to see how they would do it on screen and I must say, pairing the restoration of the Opera House with the music was awesome.
I went with a friend who isn't really into musicals, and he said, "It was all right," which from him is GLOWING praise concerning a musical. I can elaborate on anything you want to know, but like I said, I didn't want to give too much away. If there's something you want to know, just ask. I can't wait until it's released proper!

 


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