PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (2004 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.8|5.0 Starsìììì

Phantom of the Opera—excellent remake of a classic—introduces Emmy Rossum as the lead vocalist who blows her role over the top with a voice that will not be ignored. Possibly one of the best classic films of this decade, it capitalizes on the talents of Gerard Butler and Patrick Wilson. The movie defines the word finesse for actors’ performance. The movie deserves more than one viewing and, in fact, begs for its re-watch due to the symbolism laced throughout the film. Read a plotline before you go to enhance viewer appreciation. Great work for Director Joel Schumacher.

Storyline

Madame Giry (Miranda Richardson) helps a child raised in a circus freak show escape and hides him underneath an opera house. He grows up alone and unloved until he meets Christine (Emmy Rossum).

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Joel Schumacher for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Jeff Abberley, Julia Blackman, Keith Cousins, Louise Goodsill, Paul Hitchcock, Ralph Kamp, and Austin for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: The Phantom (Gerard Butler), Christine (Emmy Rossum), Raoul (Patrick Wilson), Carlotta (Minnie Driver), Firmin (Ciarán Hinds), Andre (Simon Callow), Piangi (Victor McGuire), Meg Giry (Jennifer Ellison), Reyer (Murray Melvin), Buquet (Kevin McNally), Lefevre (James Fleet), Carlotta’s Maid (Imogen Bain), Carlotta’s seamstress (Judith Paris), and Carlotta’s Wigmaker (Miles Western).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s a classic. Outstanding music.

Ben Meyers

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