I finally have seen the infamous film The Phantom of the Opera and since I’ve always seen a lot of controversay over a few subjects, I thought it would be fun to peg down my thoughts on the film just for the record.
No, I haven’t read the book. Well, not an unabridged version; I read a shortened version maybe a year ago (I can hear my best friend laughing at me in the distances–sorry, that was bit of an inside joke with myself) but I don’t remember the book very well, so my opinions will be coming from seeing the movie only. So, if you’ve read the book and your feathers get ruffled because I might not understand the characters to their full extent, that’s fine. Your problem, not mine. I can only judge by what I’ve seen and the book isn’t really at the top of my ‘need to read’ list right now. There we go, disclaimers taken care of.
So, the movie was a little like Les Miz in that it felt like most of it was singing. There was some dialogue, but not much. I generally prefer more dialogue to singing when it comes to musicals, but that is just personal taste. The sets and costumes for this film were beautiful and enchanting, even though some leaned towards the immodest side. I am pleased to say that I was already a fan of masquerade masks before watching the movie. The theme “Phantom of the Opera” is my favorite; it’s so harsh and opera-ish.
I was glad to watch this movie since I have been working on a mystery plot for about four months that takes place in an opera house in the late 1890′s, so, I really enjoyed seeing all the sets and productions in the film.
Okay, moving on to the real controversy.
Who do I like more, Erik or Raoul? And which do I think Christine should be with?
The controversy over these questions are huge in this fandom. There are die-hard fans of Erik and Christine being together. And then the fans of Raoul are so obnoxiously blunt about how crazy they think the other side’s opinions are that they just come off, as, well, they make it hard to like their side.
So, I will answer this as quickly as I can.
I like the Phantom, Erik, better then Raoul. However, I think the better relationship for Christine is to be with Raoul.
I do, I like the Phantom best. I felt really sorry for him by the end and he has a great voice and presence, his mysteriousness thoroughout the film was awesome. I loved his mask and his costumes and just how familiar he was to the whole opera house. He’s a tragic villain and, depending on how you look at it, a tragic hero. So, yeah, I liked him a lot better then Raoul.
However, by the end of the movie, I thought Christine would be way better off with Raoul. It was just way healthier and for better reasons. I think Raoul actually knew how to correctly treat Christine and was much better qualified to take care of her then The Phantom, who’s love seemed to come more from a passion then a real love that would keep two souls together.
So, there we go, I now have an opinion on the great opera love triangle! Whattyaknow!
Overall, this was a good movie but not one that I will be rewatching a lot because overall it felt kinda slow. If you enjoy musicals and romances and tragic love stories, this is a movie for you.