Title: The Phantom of The Opera
Director: Joel Schumacher
Actors: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum
Yes you read that right. Gerard Butler in a classic musical story, is something you definitely have to watch. And he was not the only reason why.
If you have read the book or seen the play on the theatre, the story is more or less the same. It wouldn’t give you anything different. However, because it is made in a film, it would probably gives you the depth of the story you couldn’t get from the theatre version, and the singing and dancing you couldn’t get from reading the book. So yeah, if you liked the book and the play, you would like the film too… or not.
Well, I liked it.
Again, it wasn’t only because of Gerard Butler being the Phantom. It is also the fact that all the actors and actresses actually sang in the film, which means they gave their effort to actually learn how to sing, and not just lip syncing. Because lip sync sucks.
I have to give my appreciations to the artistic department. They actually captured the glam and the gloom of this little corner of France, which was exactly what this film is about. I think their work made the lack of details in the story a little forgiveable.
It’s a bit straightforward really. A good story from a good novel, good musical score by a well known Andrew Lloyd Webber, played by good actors (who’s not only can shout like a warrior but also sing like a thespian), and supported by good artistic department. Of course I would recommend this film.
After all, who wouldn’t want to witness King Leonidas sing?