Well, last night I watched the 2004 version of “the Phantom of the Opera” for the first time. I had read the book, and half of my friends LOOOVVEEDD the movie. So I gave it a try – along with my brother and his girlfriend, Taylor.
PROS: The Cinematography. It was BEAUTIFUL. The way they filmed the movie was awesome. Emmy Rossum was adorable and beautiful by turns – a great Christine, even if she didn’t look the least bit Swedish. Raoul – he looked just how he was supposed to look in the book. The Phantom was cool – the half-mask thing is a lot better than the Deaths-head in the book, although in the book Erik is a little more satirical and witty than the Erik in the movie. (Although it’s hard to feel sorry for something that looks like THIS) Also, the music – when the songs were actually SONGS and not ‘sung dialogue’ (more on that later) were beautiful. “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” “Music of the Night” and “Learn to be Lonely” are my favorites, tune-wise.
CONS: The sung dialogue. When the movie BEGAN, I was like “Oh, this is wonderful! The songs are just long enough, and there’s plenty of dialogue.” Half an hour later “Somebody, SPEAK! PLEASE!!” Also, ironically, Gerard Butler’s (The Phantom) voice, while not unpleasant, wasn’t ”trained’ compared to everyone else’s. Also, we could have been spared being mooned by a stage-hand (a warning for those of you planning to watch it) (and I could hardly write that without cracking up, in case you were wondering). And Erik is a little… emotionally unstable. Taylor and I decided we went through spurts – “Oh, he’s so swee-never mind, Ugh! Aawww, he’s so – OH, get away! Get away! Shoo!” Honestly – Christine would have married you, Erik, if you hadn’t tried to murder Raoul.
(Courtship 101 was never his big thing, I guess).
All in all – I enjoyed the movie very much. But it would have been a lot better with LOTS! MORE! DIALOGUE! And if they had just kept the GOOD songs and not the “Oh-we-need-some-music-quick-everybody-make-up-something-to-sing!” stuff.