The Phantom Of The Opera

Rated: PG-13 Running Time: 143 Minutes Year: 2005 Boobs: Zero One Sentence: So I didn't know that one of the best musicals in the world only has one musical number. I once said that Joel Schumacher was my favorite director. Falling Down, The Lost Boys, St. Elmos Fire, he had the hits. He HAD the hits. His movies have gone downhill a bit, but I would never say that he was a poor director. He seemed to have a point of view of fantasy that he could portray on film. A love of reds, and fog and darkness, the feel that he could create would be something needed for this film. The set's were amazing, and the feel was whimsical. An opera house in Paris in the mid 1800's was the home of the Phantom, for the screen version of the most famous stage musical ever created. The choice's of color and lights, and candles, angles and costumes, and makeup, the visual experience of Phantom is wonderfully executed, and really is a site to see. But sets and costumes, do not make the movie, they help, and they can add to a movie, but if you don't have a cast, you really are going to lose your audience. The lead female portraying Christine, was a 16 year old girl, who could sing, I guess, in a high pitched voice that will become embedded into your brain over the next 2 hours and 20 minutes. The Phantom was also a young man as opposed to Michael Crawford from the stage play. His voice in some parts on par with what I have heard of Crawford's but in some others, too young or lacking the depth to really portray the role that I was expecting. The rest of the cast too seemed a bit less than I was expecting, of such a grand project. It felt like amateur hour to me. I have not seen the stage play, I have heard some of the music. I am aware of the story, but I had never seen it. I am going to say this, and I know that the play might be different, and I know that I might get shut away by some for saying it, but I feel it is the truth. HOLY FUCK THIS MOVIE IS SOOOO BORING!!!!! It was a total snore fest. First of all what in the hell is up with the music, is really most of the play the same musical number with different lyrics for most of the play. I was tired of hearing the same thing, over and over and over again. Also this wasn't a musical, it is an opera, I guess with the name one would suspect, but I thought it was a musical about an opera, not an actual opera, which is most or all of the lines are sung. This story, didn't have the intensity to only be sung. Or perhaps it was the singers, but it was so flat. The music wasn't powerful, it did not evoke emotion, and I didn't feel wowed past the first few minutes. At about one hour into it I was looking at how much longer I had to go. It was so long, I could not wait for it to be over. And once the credits rolled, I didn't feel weepy, or amazed or anything. The only thing I thought was thank god that is over. So…in conclusion, sets and costumes awesome. The rest not very good to me. Skip it. 00002ebt

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