For reasons that I don’t remember (we probably were talking about it at work one day or something) I Netflixed The Phantom of the Opera. Hey, my husband don’t live here no mo’ – I can watch whatever I want!
The costumes and sets were lovely. I wouldn’t have known that Emmy Rossum had actual training in opera if I hadn’t looked it up. She looked like a starry eyed cow for much of the film. There was only one scene in which I believed she had any emotion (Past the Point of No Return, which is at the very end of the show). Gerard Butler, well the man is gorgeous but isn’t a singer. You can’t have everything I guess. The guy that played Raoul – you can tell he IS a singer and had quite a nice voice. Minnie Driver is hilarious as the diva La Carlotta. And they amped up the action – AND changed the placement of the big chandelier drop (which forced them to change lyrics in a song). I thought that was weird but I guess they’ve kept the change in the Vegas version of the show (which was cut to something like a 60 minute show). IMDB has some interesting trivia about the production here – the aforementioned chandelier was gorgeous and very, very, pricey.
But my FAVORITE part of the film was a DVD extra, which I found on YouTube because it cracked me up. The Cast and Crew Sing Along to the theme song – enjoy!