by Selina on September 23, 2008I love Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage version of the phantom. the music is excellent, magical, and romantic. The film had the music, but none of the stage version's charm. Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum pale in comparison to Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman.
Gerard Butler is a very handsome man and apparently stays that way even after being unmasked. His deformed side is barely anything to stare twice at and mostly acheived through dramatic lighting. In the stage version at least when he removed his mask the phantom was very ugly. Here it is barely worth all the drama. Worse Gerard Butler tends to over act making his phant appear goofy in serious parts of the film.
Emmy Rossum does better acting wise than Gerard Butler, but she lacks chemistry with the Phantom or Raoul. Patrick Wilson really shines as Raoul. He did the romantic lead well, much different from his roles in Angels in America or Hard Candy. He is an excellent actor who gives one hundred percent to the film.
Lines have been altered from the stage production and the chandelier crash is rightfully moved towards the end of the picture. The added drama of Raoul sword fighting with the phantom or him being trapped under water and nearly killed comes across as cheesey. They were not neccessary for the drama and served to take up time.
This is still a good adaptation if only for Webber's musical score. Its fun to watch and Gerard Butler does make a handsome phantom.
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