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Another Phantom review

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has a site of movies they've reviewed. Unlike the MPAA, the bishops are looking more at the morals in a movie. For example, the American Pie trilogy all got O ratings (the most severe) for "Morally Offensive."

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.

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under_duress
Dec. 28th, 2004 10:16 am (UTC)
I quite liked it and chucked my own review of it up onto my site. It's a bummer that it's being canned all over the place.
under_duress
Dec. 28th, 2004 10:19 am (UTC)
Also...

"Schumacher has given the Phantom more of a back story -- he was a prisoner in a circus sideshow, who finally killed his keeper and escaped, with the aid of Madame Giry (Miranda Richardson), now the ballet mistress. "

No... Schumacher read the effing BOOK as well. Git. *rolls eyes*
ravenclawed
Dec. 28th, 2004 01:05 pm (UTC)
I think people are forgetting that the musical was based on a book. Sad, huh?
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