Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Phantom no menace

Joel Schumacher (of my all-time fave, "The Lost Boys") brings to the big screen Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic "Phantom of the Opera." in a word - breathtaking. 

Gerard Butler sings with great passion, though not just enough for the more mature portion of the audience to forget Michael Crawford. Emmy Rossum is enchanting and believable, a great find. Never figured Patrick Wilson (whom I've last seen in "Angels in America") as Raoul can sing well. Even just for the "Masquerade" segment (great costumes, excellent sets, hanep choreography), this is a worthwhile 2 hours. The movie's a great way to reach the younger audiences with the immortal songs of Webber, most of which will keep you singing along even way past midnight.

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