A breath of fresh air!
Rich in emotions, this nth adaptation of the Gaston Leroux novel is one of the better acted, written and directed. It arguably contains the best soundtrack we’ve heard so far, which is crucial for a musical but has so many times been neglected. The songs are catchy; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” especially, performed gracefully and constantly reinterpreted to fit a given mood.
Schumacher’s The Phantom of the Opera has a palpable ambiance. It is a tragic love story never before captured with such energy; with a camera that is highly dynamic and colorful characters we sympathize with. With its humongous opera and catacomb sets, its poignant love story and its grade A performers, this larger than life production constantly throws shivers down our spines.
This is not just a movie. It is a ticket to an opera house with complete choreographies, amazing costumes and remarkable singers. The only thing that plays against this production is its running time. A good half hour could’ve been shaved off without losing the essence. Considering that lyrics are dialogue, here, the pacing could be tighter. Pet peeves aside, this is a must see!