Oh no, another adaptation of a stage play into a film... thats what I
thought. The difference between this and some of the others (i.e.
Chicago) is I love the stage musical of Phantom whilst I hated the stage
version of Chicago so the stakes are much higher.
What should you expect from this film? Well it is based on the stage
version. The soundtrack includes all your favourites (and if you
haven't seen the stage play, you probably know some of the music anyway) and
roughly the same plot:
"The Phantom of the Opera" is a magnificent tale that begins when an
opera ghost terrorizes the cast and crew of the French Opera House while
tutoring a chorus girl. He finally drives the lead soprano crazy and
she and her friend leave. The "girl" is able to sing lead just once but
the soprano doesn't want her show stolen so she comes back. The ghost
demands they keep giving his protege lead roles. Meanwhile, Christine
falls in love with the Vicomte de Chagny, but the Phantom is in love with
Christine. The Phantom is outraged by their love and kidnaps Christine
to be his eternal bride. Will Raoul, the Vicomte, be able to stop this
dastardly plan? Watch and find out....
This is a dark film, this is a big budget film, this is a well done
film. Minnie Driver is ok for someone who didn't know Phantom before she
started work on it and I wasn't holding up much hope for her, but she
Don't be expecting Chicago, it's not Chicago (it's much better!). It's The Phantom of the Opera and he is here....
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