Anyway, the Phantom review makes me think the reviewer fell asleep during the movie.
Butler's vocals sound rather like the show's first Phantom, Michael Crawford...
The hell? They don't sound anything alike. I think Crawford's a tenor, while it sounds like Butler has problems with the higher notes. Maybe it's been a while since the reviewer has heard the original cast CD.
(Butler) acts with intensity, particularly toward the end of the film, but the tortured Byronic hero approach foisted on him seems wrongheaded.
Okay, does the reviewer not know the story at all? Erik is like the epitome of Byronic heroes.
Oh, US Weekly gave the movie 2 stars out of 4, my local paper gave it 2 and a half out of 4, and Rolling Stone gave it 3 and a half out of 4.