Deep in the catacombs beneath the Opera Populaire, there is a phantom. A genius. A mastermind playwright and composer. The Angel of Music.
He taught Christine to sing. And he will do anything to ensure that she is a prima donna to suit her voice.
No matter what it costs.
In My Opinion…
Movie Classification: PG
In a word: dark.
I watched this when I was eight. I adored it. It was the music and the theatre, and partly the fact that the phantom can climb a rope in heeled boots…I just loved it. I don’t think I really understood it all, though.
Now that I’m older, I watched it for the first time in years. And I think I understand it some more. It’s a sad, sad story of what words can do to a person, and what a person can do with music. Music is powerful.
The music is amazing. There are about six songs as such. Then the tunes are twisted and the words are changed perfectly so that a song to butter up the diva is turned into an anguished plea. And it’s still right. All the actors are great singers (except for Carlotta, but that was the point). I love how at the end when they’re sort of having a bit of a sing-off, they are all singing a different song, but it works. It really works, builds up the tension and drama. The composer and script writers really knew what they were doing.
It’s a brilliant movie. A romance, if you can stomach that. If not, watch it for the music and costumes. The costumes are lovely, too. All except for those few, which, true to historical fashion, make the ladies look like their falling out of them. Literally. Those ones are a little awful. Anyway. The movie sort of haunting, it makes you think. While it’s very long, and not a watch-too-often, it’s great.
An amazing watch for anyone who loves music or a good story.