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This review is from: The Phantom of the Opera [DVD]  (DVD)
I bought this after seeing it dead cheap somewhere, fully expecting it to be a slightly cheesier version of Moulin Rouge. With opera. What a surprise I got.
Normally not a huge musicals fan (bit of a metalhead on the quiet), this film had me totally entranced all the way through. Even though I'd read the book (well worth it) but not seen the production, the colour and energy of the film was truly dazzling.
The only problem was, the Phantom was too gorgeous. Seriously. By the end, even though he's a bit evil and all, you can't help but fall in lurve with him, which sort of detracts from the solemnity of the end. And it made me thoroughly depressed because there's a real lack of hunky disfigured singing recluses who are madly in love with me in my life.
The cast are all phenomenal - they all sing incredibly well, but not overpoweringly so, and the story is dead easy to follow. Miranda Richardson is excellent as always, but it is Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler who steal the show.
Get it now - there is a faint whiff of Gorgonzola about it, but it knocks all the other filmified stage productions into a cocked hat. Including Moulin Rouge.