The Phantom of the Opera (12A)

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Time Out says

Apparently designed by Liberace (it has a touching faith in candelabra to fill every crevice), written by EJ Thribb and composed by – well, quite a number of distinguished musicos waft by fleetingly – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s take on the old Gaston Leroux chiller blunders ludicrously between every possible stool.
One of the stage musical’s strengths was the sheer theatricality of overcoming stage limitations. On film nothing’s impossible so it’s correspondingly hard to make an audience gasp. It’s not so hard to make them laugh, though: even a sympathetic preview house sniggered when the hideously deformed phantom’s mask was torn from his face to reveal – gasp! – a case of nettle rash and a broadish nose of the type considered endearing on an adolescent Hayley Mills.
The prospect of semi-grand guignol set in the already overblown world of opera (the show’s music sounds paltry in hypothetical comparison) prompts Joel Schumacher to pile on gothic vaults, subterranean chapels, snowy cemeteries and set-piece costume balls, dithering between ‘Moulin Rouge’ lushness and campy, latter-day Hammer. Numbingly predictable couplets squelch into bathos; pantomime sounds like TS Eliot in comparison.
The mewling heroine Emmy Rossum (or more accurately, given her state of semi-animation, Possum) wears a simper as inexpressive as the Phantom’s mask, and young Raoul (Patrick Wilson) also tries to disturb his waxwork loveliness as little as possible.
Minnie Driver as a temperamental diva steals every joyous moment she can, but Gerard Butler’s Phantom is elusive beyond the call of duty – feebly vocalised, uncharismatic. There’s one good line, as the heroine leaps into a cab: ‘Take me to my father’s grave, please.’ Try it on a London cabbie.
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12A

UK release:

Fri Dec 10, 2004

Duration:

143 mins

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Raj

A Phantom of its former self. The film is a disgrace. Give this a miss and try PHANTOM at the theatre instead.

chip

how dare you! the phantom of the opera is a great yet underrated gem! admittedly there are a few flaws but that adds to it's baroque charm. Gerard Butler has a fantastic voice that should earn him several awards! Emmy Rossum and Patrick Wilson have superb stage presence that I envy and lack! This is a great film and your review is unemotional and crude. I give this film top marks!

chip

how dare you! the phantom of the opera is a great yet underrated gem! admittedly there are a few flaws but that adds to it's baroque charm. Gerard Butler has a fantastic voice that should earn him several awards! Emmy Rossum and Patrick Wilson have superb stage presence that I envy and lack! This is a great film and your review is unemotional and crude. I give this film top marks!

Michelle

Bull crap. This person does not know what they're talking about. This i an AWESOME film and i love it! the acting is magnificent, the story is splendid and the imagery and secenery is breathtaking. This review is nothing but a bunch of sh!t!!

Michelle

Bull crap. This person does not know what they're talking about. This i an AWESOME film and i love it! the acting is magnificent, the story is splendid and the imagery and secenery is breathtaking. This review is nothing but a bunch of sh!t!!