The Phantom of the Opera Reviews
Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum are simply the perfect cast choices for the leads of this film, though Rossum mainly seems to be there for a pretty face to look at. I am saying that in terms of her acting, but her singing is incredible. We all know she is able to deliver with the concluding cadenza of "Think of Me," which is a song featured in the first twenty minutes of the film. I have only seen clips of past Phantoms, but Gerard Butler comes across as a very powerful Phantom, seeming dominant with his beautiful tenor voice rather than going falsetto like previous phantoms - falsetto doesn't seem menacing at all.
The core of the story focuses on the infamous love triangle between the Phantom, Christine Daae, and Raoul. Christine is tutored as a singer for many years by the titular Phantom, who she believes her late father has sent for her. Her childhood friend, Raoul, conveniently shows up as at this point in her life so that she may have a lover. Christine and Raoul represent the ideal couple while the Phantom grows jealous; he devoted a lot of his life to her by shaping her into a successful singer while she is attracted to Raoul, who contains no physical distortion like the Phantom. Talk about friend-zoning; in fact, a good alternate title would be "The Phantom of the Opera: The Adult story of the Friend Zone."
While the friend-zoning idea is an oversimplification of the movie, it is this frustrating love triangle that lets us connect to the Phantom, feeling sorry for him since he longs for love having never known love before as a hideous circus attraction. The film has a confusing message like Beauty and the Beast - both seem to say that looks should not matter when it comes to love, but their conclusions then go against that with the Beast turning back into a prince, and Christine living with Raoul rather than with the Phantom.
This is a great love story as well as a great tragedy. The music makes this film so powerful though I know this has clearly been done before since this musical has been around for ages. The music makes it a great experience, and an enjoyable one in which one may get lost, surrounded by "the music of the night." Some parts are cheesy, I do not completely agree with the casting choice of Raoul, but this is still a strong film due to its great execution.