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The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
It was Wonderful
This movie was so good. What a shame that it didn't wow the critics, since that seems to be what scared people away. It deserved to be honored with the other "best" movies of the past year. I don't know what it is that was found lacking - I've seen the show on the stage a few times, and loved it each time. True, on tour, it wasn't quite as sumptuous as in a settled production like Broadway, where I did see it once, but the music is gorgeous no matter what. And that really is the bottom line for me, although the production values in this movie were gorgeous. I've visited the Paris Opera House, and I felt like I was there again looking at the sets that replicated it. I had to get used to not hearing Michael Crawford, and even though that was difficult, I did do it. Emmy Rossum was beautiful in the role of Christine - a near-perfect combination of all the things that this particular heroine should be. I'll never get over how some folks despise ALW - I think that those were the hardest reviews to read - the ones where the critic stated at the beginning that he/she really didn't care for ALW, and then proceeded to bash the movie even more from that point on. Too, too bad about that.