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The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
The phantom of the opera is there inside the celluloid
Andrew Lloyd's theater masterpiece Phantom of the opera has been transformed into a magnificent movie by veteran director Joel Schumacher. Many people has doubt whether the director who usually make action movies can make this musical. The result he did it perfectly.
In the acting department we can see the raising star Emmy rossum as Christine, the opera singer who has wonderful voice which she got from singing with the phantom. Emmy rossum did a great job acting as a confused girl who has to choose between her old friend who she likes and the phantom who gave her talents. Emmy rossum has received a globe nomination but to get the Oscar nomination is rather tough considering many actresses who did a wonderful job in their movies this year. Nevertheless this talented young 18 year old girl will eventually get good roles in the future and get awards and quite possibly Oscar. Other actors who did a great job is Gerald butler who played the phantom he made the character so powerful and quite possibly can make the audience pity on him. Minnie Driver did a good job portraying an arrogant opera actress who can't act or sing. Can't imagine the good girl in Good will hunting did an opposite role in her character in good will.
The minus point of this movie is the location they shoot in. As an audience I feel tired to see 85% of the scenes in a stage where the lighting is so obvious they were in the stage. Maybe the movie needs a balance between the stage and outdoor shooting. Maybe the budget isn't enough.
One of the great things about this movie is obviously the music and the place they put it on. The first opening music in the old opera house turning color from black and white is the theme from the theater itself. A wonderful unexpected music placing, similar to the opening of star wars.
This movie certainly will get Oscar nomination in the tech specs; costume, cinematography, makeup, and other art design category. And I guaranty that this movie will get the Oscar for Scoring and maybe song also.
Great movie 9/10.