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The Phantom of the Opera – Review

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Chorus girl Christine Daae (Rossum) is thrust into the spotlight when
opera star La Carlotta (Driver) walks out of the Opera House’s latest
production.
Christine’s amazing opening night performance captivates her mentor, the
Phantom (Butler), and the theatre’s wealthy patron (Wilson).
But the Phantom refuses to give her up to his love rival.

WHAT’S IT LIKE?

The film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical extravaganza of the
same name is a lavish, sumptuous, theatrical, visual feast.
Fifteen years in the making and with Joel Schumacher at the helm, it is
exciting and thrilling — a real rollercoaster ride.
Beautifully sung by the three fairly unknown leads with the light relief
provided by Minnie Driver, completely hamming it up as the temperamental
opera diva – although it’s not her singing.
However none of the leads blew me away and the film felt way too long.
Less would have definitely been more.

The Phantom of the Opera opens on 10 December 2004

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