A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House. He kidnaps the soprano and forces the owners of the play to keep her as the lead role of the play.
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10 years has passed since a fire broke out in Paris - leaving only a mask behind... As the love story continues in Coney Island, NY, The Phantom's undying love has grown for the soprano ... See full summary »
The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a. Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.
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Begins when an opera ghost terrorizes the cast and crew of the French Opera House while tutoring a chorus girl. He finally drives the lead soprano crazy so she and her friend leave. The girl is able to sing lead one night but the soprano doesn't want her show stolen so she comes back. The ghost demands they keep giving his protégé lead roles. Meanwhile, His pupil falls in love with the Vicomte de Chagny, but the Phantom is in love with Christine, his student. The Phantom is outraged by their love and kidnaps Christine to be his eternal bride. Will Raoul, the Vicomte, be able to stop this dastardly plan? Written by
I dragged my long suffering boyfriend to see The Phantom of the Opera
on Sunday, and was pleasantly surprised by it. Although I have never
seen it on-stage, the film version - for me - was so enchanting that I
now cannot wait to obtain tickets to it. The sets were absolutely
beautiful. France is known for its beauty, and this adaption certainly
paid homage to that. The theatre set itself was absolutely stunning;
marble and velvet being the main materials within it. Emmy Rossum
(Christine) was 17 when this was filmed and was absolutely outstanding.
When she started to sing, my mouth literally dropped open. Minnie
Driver (La Carlotta) was very funny in her Italian diva role. Her hand
gestures added to the mannerisms of a typical diva. Her singing was
overdone to add to the character (even though Ms. Driver did not do all
the vocals herself). Patrick Wilson (Raoul), out of all of them, had
the most captivating voice. Although Raoul seemed a bit wet and droopy,
he was still gorgeous and made the GIRLS in the audience swoon.
However, the star of the piece for me, was Gerard Butler (the Phantom).
Although his vocal skills weren't entirely right for the part, he
portrayed the Phantom as a lot of people see him; as a victim. I
actually ended up warming to him, and when asked by my boyfriend who I
would choose; Raoul or the Phantom, I said the Phantom. Something about
the way Mr. Butler played him, was so sexy and he drew the WOMEN to
him. Watching the Phantom and Raoul, certainly separated the boys from
the men and the girls from the women. Another pleasant surprise is that
Jennifer Ellison was actually rather good in her role as Meg,
Christine's best friend. Miss Ellison has been trained in acting,
singing and dancing and so was well equipped to the play the part, and
carried it off very well. I wouldn't be surprised if more roles in
Hollywood turned up for her. Overall, I rate this film a 5/5 and
definitely recommend it. It sent shivers up my spine and gave me
goosebumps. I urge those of you who haven't seen it, to become
goosebump friendly by watching THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA!
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