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The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

Joel Schumacher (2004)

135min
12 Certificate
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This big-screen take on Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit stage musical is a case of too much operetta and not enough Phantom. Director Joel Schumacher's film is sumptuous to look at and lavishly produced, but occasionally suffers from being too faithful, and therefore too flat, an adaptation. An over-familiarity with the story (disfigured sewer dweller falls for ingénue diva), songs (the title number and The Music of the Night) and visual clichés (creepy catacombs, a falling chandelier) don't help. Nor do the colourless leads - Emmy Rossum as bland soprano Christine and Gerard Butler's conventional Phantom. Michael Crawford, the musical's original West End star, would have been far superior. At least Minnie Driver has a laugh as demanding Italian prima donna Carlotta. Yet, despite the lumbering dance routines and deference to the source text, the power and theatrical romance of the show often shine thrillingly through.

Summary

A disfigured composer lurks in the catacombs beneath a Paris opera house, giving rise to stories that the building is haunted. The lonely maestro becomes infatuated with a talented young singer, and plans to turn her into a star. However, his love for her is doomed to end in tragedy. Adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, starring Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Miranda Richardson and Minnie Driver.

Cast & Crew

The Phantom Gerard Butler
Christine Emmy Rossum
Vicompte Raoul de Chagny Patrick Wilson
Madame Giry Miranda Richardson
Carlotta Minnie Driver
Richard Firmin Ciaran Hinds
Gilles Andre Simon Callow
Piangi Victor McGuire
Meg Giry Jennifer Ellison
Reyer Murray Melvin
Director Joel Schumacher
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Entertainment Guidance: Contains some violence. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 10 Dec 2004

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