The Phantom of the Opera: A Grand Cinematic Musical
Carlo Chong (H2B), Stallion Features Writer
Posted Friday, 04-Mar-2005 12:07 PM
For most, there has been no other musical ever composed that matches the sheer magnitude and spectacle that is Webber's masterpiece. The opening sequence of the opera refurnishing by itself sent goose bumps down my spine as I gazed in amazement reaching the “Point of No Return.”
Performances are collectively good, most especially Rossum's Christine who steals the entire show, not only with her stunning beauty but also astonishing vocals. However, the visuals have overwhelmed the performances to a certain extent, that one no longer follow the conflicts of the characters but instead subconsciously gawk instead at the grandiose set and art design, make-up and costuming.
Having not been able to see the musical on-stage, I am looking at this film as a stand-alone project. Experiencing the pain of the “Music of the Night,” and sighing at the elegance of the “Angel of Music,” through the dark tunnels underneath the Opera you'll find that this indeed is a film worth anyone's time. More so, it's worthy of one's heart. It moves beyond doubt.
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