This stunning retelling of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s famous opera takes place in 1870’s Paris at the Opera Populare. “The Phantom of the Opera” is a story unlike any other which seems to have only gotten better being told through the talented actors and actresses cast in this adaptation. With the well matched singing talent of Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler, this film would be a delight for any opera or musical lover.
Our story takes place in Paris, France in 1870, the world renowned Opera Populare’s manager has decided to resign from his post. Stepping in to take his place are two men who are better suited for the scrap metal business they know than this magical world of opera. Unbeknownst to this pair, they are gaining so much more than a simple opera house. This opera house is full of mystery and excitement with a very expensive “opera ghost” running the show. As these unlikely pair of managers look onto rehearsal they manage to upset their “Prima Donna” leading lady, Carlotta, forcing her to leave the show. With no real understudy, Christine Daae, a chorus girl played by Emmy Rossum, is asked to take her place. Even though she has no formal training except that from someone she refers to as her “Angel of Music” she shines in her performance, much to the dismay of Carlotta. Following her superb performance she is reintroduced to her childhood love, Raoul, who is now the patron for the Opera Populare. When they are reunited it is as if no time has passed at all and they may pick up where they left off so many years before. As Raoul leaves Christine to prepare for the night, her “Angel of Music” comes to call. He seems to take her to an enchanted place underneath the opera house. This angel, Gerard Butler, sings to Christine in a way that seems to put her, and you as well, under his spell. Thus the love triangle begins. With Christine confused about who exactly her angel is, her love for Raoul, the angel’s love for her, and Raoul’s hatred for the angel, this movie has twists and turns that keep you entertained throughout the entire show.
Along with the twist and turn of the plot line, the vocal performances of this film are an utter delight. Gerard Butler’s gruff yet suave singing voice strangely seems to match perfectly with the angelic sound of Emmy Rossum. The pair sing with passion and intensity that bring the story to life for the listener, this is especially true in their duet “Past the Point of no Return”. While these two were the stars of the show, there were surprising performances from others such as; Patrick Wilson (Raoul), Minnie Driver (Carlotta), and Miranda Richardson (Madame Giry).
While much attention was obviously given to the vocals, it seems that choreography and costumes were given the same. The choreography in this film was beautifully arranged to be a delectation to the eyes. The costumes in this film seem to compliment every aspect of the story, from the everyday attire of the cast, the stunning opera costumes, and the dark and debonair costumes worn by the phantom, it all seems to equal the riveting story line.
Although I believe this movie to be one of the greats, I do not recommend it to everyone. If you don’t enjoy musicals or opera, then you probably would not enjoy or appreciate this as much as someone who does. On the other hand, if you enjoy musicals I would definitely recommend “The Phantom of The Opera”.