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"Phantom of the Opera, The" Review

Category: Phantom of the Opera Reviews
Article Date: January 5, 2005 | Publication: The Trades.Com | Author: Scott Juba

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For over 16 years, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” has wowed theatre audiences around the world. Now the classic musical comes to the big screen in grand fashion under the guidance of Webber and the magnificent direction of Joel Schumacher. Not only does the film adaptation do justice to the Broadway version, it exceeds the stage version in its ability to surpass the storytelling limitations imposed by the confines of a playhouse.

The musical numbers are loud, rousing, and performed to perfection by a young but talented cast. Gerard Butler gives a dark, mystifying, and strikingly emotional performance as The Phantom, but it is 18-year-old Emmy Rossum who steals the show in the role of Christine. Rossum’s voice is pure and pristine, and her glowing, radiant beauty sizzles, especially in the scene in which she first travels with The Phantom to his secret underground lair. Her acting skill is similarly refined, with Rossum delivering a seemingly effortless performance during even the most emotionally testing scenes.

As triumphant as Rossum’s on-screen performance is, the artistic imprint of Schumacher is equally as potent. The sublime visual imagery and lighting effects employed by Schumacher add a level of grandeur to the viewing experience that is simply unmatched. He certainly deserves every nomination and award he receives for his bold, vibrant direction of this film.

It is extremely rare that a movie achieves perfection. Yet “The Phantom of the Opera” does just that. Beautifully filmed, majestically directed, and flawlessly acted, “The Phantom of the Opera” is a soaring spectacle of lush and epic filmmaking in its finest form.

Overall Grade: A+


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