I've been waiting for the Phantom of the Opera movie to come out for about 3 months. Maybe more. I don't remember exactly.
It finally came out on Wednesday in selected cities. I was surprised to find out that San Antonio was one of those selected cities. And showing at 3 different theaters, no less! San Antonio isn't usually specially selcted for stuff like that, cuz San Antonio kinda sucks like that.
I saw The Phantom of the Opera at 7:00pm central standard time. I sat in the third row so that the screen would take up almost my entire field of vision. It was awesome. I am a big fan of the stage musical, so I didn't like some of the changes, but I know that the movie is a separate entity from the play and that it isn't supposed to be exactly like the play. I get it. It's cool.
Saying that, I really do prefer Sarah Brightman to Emmy Rossum as Christine. Emmy Rossum was still very good in the role, and it didn't make the movie bad, but I just like Sarah Brightman better. Personal preferrence, that's all.
There were some parts that were sung in the play that were spoken in the movie. That was weird and, I thought, sounded awful. Rhyming sounds okay when you're singing, but it sounds bad when spoken, at least in my opinion. I don't like rhyming very much. There were also some lyrics changed for seemingly no reason. At least, I couldn't see a reason. I didn't like that.
After all that, I will say that the opening, during the auction when they illuminate and raise the chandelier, was absolutely amazing. They way it goes from black and white to color in this kind of sweeping wind was spectacular.
The singers were all very good and the story was enhanced by more backstory and more reflections of Count Raoul in 1919. It was really cool. I recommend it highly, whether you've seen the play or not. It really is amazing.
.............Oh yeah. And Merry Christmas!