Phantom of the Opera, The (2004)
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Review of "Phantom of the Opera, The (2004)"
First off, let's get one thing out of the way - no movie of the Phantom will ever compare to seeing it staged by Lloyd Webber. Being a part of that brings the Phantom to a whole other level - so I'm not comparing this to that. (Even though this movie version is based on the staged play).
The movie in itself was, in my opinion, fantastic. The acting was great - they couldn't have found a better Phantom (Gerard Butler) or Christine (Emmy Rossum). Like their acting, their voices were also phenomenal. That made the movie a draw right there. Besides those two, the other cast members were very memorable - good old Carlotta (played by Minnie Driver), Raoul, Meg, etc. In all they got a fantastic cast together for this movie.
The costumes are wonderful, as is the scenery. They capture the Opera House perfectly, and the Phantom's lair hits what most imagine quite well. Being a big fan of the book, the DVD does not disappoint in the area of scenery and bringing that imagination to life.
And of course there's the music -which pretty much tells the story of the Phantom. I was thrilled that all of the songs were included. In fact, I found myself singing along at parts (don't worry, not in the theatres).
The Phantom is such a beautiful story of a young man forced to hide because of his 'hideous face', and his obsession with a young lady training at the Opera House (the Opera Populaire) and decides that she will be his student to teach his passion for music. This obsession turns scary as he turns somewhat mad when suddenly having to deal with a rival - Raoul.
It's an intriguing story; a beautiful story. And in all, somewhat sad. A classic brought to DVD (again) - and to me, this is the best version yet.
It's always a bonus to get DVDs for their extras - but unfortunately this doesn't include many. Through the extras you are able to watch it with several different subtitles and languages; but as for interviews/behind-the-scenes, etc, it's disappointing.
As for pricing - here in Ontario it's in any entertainment store (Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Future Shop, etc) for usually $23.99 at the cheapest. A tad on the pricy side, but well worth it.
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