Gone are the days when people have to go to the cinema just to pay for an indulging film, or even endure the black and white, famous Betamax of the late 90’s. Every household now owns a television in which they will be able to have an unwinding entertainment even if they’re locked up in a single nook.
Weighing things from the most classical to the modern rank, I’ve always been fascinated by the same film even if I’ve already watched it for millennial times. The awe-inspiring effect of undying love, the orchestral sounds, accompanied by the beguiling context that outshines the usual film production is a major thing that stimulates my senses as a viewer.
The classic film ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ had been played several times, portrayed by different actors and actresses. Starred by the famous Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum, in the direction of Joel Schumacher, the 2004 version of the movieis a dazzlingly beautiful operatic extravaganza that made a hit all over the world.
The musical made the play highly reverberant. It is a sublime mix of orchestral sounds and hypnotic voices that entices your auditory nerves in an alluring, idyllic atmosphere. The music fits the scenic visual percept of the stage setting. Although the casts were just lip-synching, you can see their emotions engraved to what the lyrics of the song is trying to convey. The sound of the blasting brass triggers the anticipation of the viewers as the pieces of orchestra welcomes the appearance of the phantom in the elusive intonation of his vocals, luring Christine into his subterranean world that’s hidden beneath the two-sided mirror.
The production stage was composed of dark chambers,the sensational masked ball, and the rooftop sceneswhich mixed the adrenaline vibe of an intense fear of the ghostly intervention of the phantom’s primitiveness and the gratifying grandeur of the antechambers that were occupied by the typical opera performers. It is ideal to film horror stories in the hidden rooms and undergrounds. The huge staircase, the passages, and the doors resembled a historical place that is somewhat palace-like. The opera house is an architectural masterpiece that consists of 2500 rooms all in all that serves as an actual setting rather than a prop in some films.
Their fancy exceptionally dresses and suits made the show colorful. The phantom’s cape acts like a bloodstain against the monochrome cityscape. The gothic-like costumes were purposely made using palettes and symbolic colors as a paramount of the operatic theme. From the puffy petticoats and corsets, it reflects the lifestyle of the people before in France. The laces, jewels, the masks, and the embroidered jackets were ideal perfection of dramatic contrasts and passionate innocence. The costumes were as magnanimous as the musical, aside from that of Carlotta, an over-dressed, self-absurd, Prima Donna of the show.
The casts performed a satisfying presentation. Emmy Rossum as Christine Daae exhibits a childlike simplicity and credulity in her prominent sopranoperforms spontaneously, embodying sympathy and affection to the phantom and love to her friend, Viscount Raoul de Chagnywho serves as her savior in the midst of her hardships. Her movements were refined that she never motions abruptly, but her eyes and her voice is a major asset that could capture the emotions of the audience. Gerard Butler as the phantom on the other hand devastates the viewers with his despair, struggle and obsession for Christine. He resembles firmness and inviolable command.
Admittedly, the film was quite poetic and the plots are mostly slow and melancholic. It has a frightening poignant effect that I had mistaken it as a horror film at the start, but over-all the film introduced me to an overblowing triumph of a sympathetic villain that serves as an unseen tutor and fought his undying love for the woman of his dreams.
Even if you’re locked up in a single cubicle, enjoying a glass of cognac, allow this film to titillate your natural appreciation of the movie. The sopranos, altos, the lyrics accompanied by the strumming violins and the crushing cymbals will still haunt your senses. Relish the romance, bask in the wild-eyed scenes, and induce your sphere into melodious voices that will constantly remind you of how strong eternal love can be. The battling complexities between who to love and how to love the man who was concealed behind the half mask that serves as your guardian angel ever since and a man you knew personally who’s willing to sacrifice his life for you.
Phantom of the Opera Movie
Sunday Express review from the original London opening night