This will be a ranty post. Be warned.
My views on the Phantom of the Opera, both Broadway version and movie version.
To start off, I am Team Phantom.
And as another warning, this is my personal preference. Do not hate me for having these opinions, and I won’t hate you either for having opposing views. Haha. (non-sarcastic haha)
Talking about things that I love…it’s so much fun! So I was extremely happy to find another opportunity to talk about the Phantom when the lovely Hannah posted about the movie Phantom due to a Plinky question. Let it be known that Plinky is truly amazing.
(Pardon the small images.)
It is my personal preference that the Broadway version is better…much better…than the movie. In almost every aspect, especially in casting wise.
And then you compare it to the book…and add the music…then it all goes wacky.
Casting wise: Broadway version started Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman as the famous Phantom, or also known as Erik, and Miss Christine Daae.
Movie version has Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum staring as said characters.
What I think…and this is just me…that neither one of the Phantoms could sing as I think the Phantom *should* sing. If you’ve talked with me at all about the Phantom, I have mostly likely announced, several times, that Josh Groban would make the MOST AMAZING Phantom (or Raoul, for that matter) of ALL TIME.
I know I said that this was personal preference…but seriously?! Imagine Josh Groban as the Phantom of Raoul. So amazingly awesome that it would send shivers down your spine during the thing. Or it would for me.
As for Emmy Rossum vs. Sarah Brightman….hmmm. Emmy Rossum, being only 18 when the film was made, hadn’t quite fully developed her voice. True, they needed someone young…but still. It’s Hollywood, people. If they need an amazing singer, they should find an amazing singer.
And another problem I find, which I KNOW is just personal preference (really!) is….I definitely don’t think that Gerard Butler is that…good-looking. *prepares self to be attacked by various and a lot of people.* There. I said it. Phew, I feel better now.
Sure, he looks evil. That’s the point. He looks mysterious. That’s the point. But I wouldn’t go straight to “good looking” or any other synonym of…”good looking”. I won’t go into detail.
I fear…that me writing this might create an awkward moment when I talk about the Phantom again with friends…who have different views than I do. Well, we’ll just have to agree to differ :-)
Yes, it’s totally just me. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
In the book…the Phantom is to be the most amazing singer in the ENTIRE world…that’s why Christine is drawn to him. Is Gerard Butler the *most amazing singer in the ENTIRE WORLD*? I don’t think so! (This…is half personal preference and half…truth. *prepares to be attacked again*)
If only…they had had Josh Groban singing…oooh that would have been amazing.
If Gerard Butler started singing to me, I would definitely not go “Ooooo, your VOICE. It sounds like ANGELS. Where are YOOOOOU???” No. Most definitely not.
The there’s the subject of Raoul….*sigh*
Once again, no offense whatsoever to anyone who likes Raoul. Or the Phantom for that matter.
This is very true, Raoul is supposed to be…”girly” in the book. (i.e. fainting almost half the book, and crying a lot. Like Spiderman in the 3rd movie.) These things aren’t in the movie (or the Broadway version) but they are portrayed in different areas.
Such as the longer-than-anyone-elses’ (as in…guys.) hair, but it still doesn’t seem to be able to say pulled back when it’s needed, his higher voice (true, it’s not *that* high. But it’s…higher. But that’s most likely what the music calls for. So scratch that one.)
Ok, so not that many. But he’s just…”Ehhhhh. That’s….weird” Same thing again. It’s Hollywood, people. If you need the best, get the best.
This, my dear reader, is a very long post. And I definitely commend you, if you’ve read all of it. If you have…post in the comments…”Knitting for Cold Weather”. And I really fail at coming up for little random phrases. Yeah, if you read the whole thing, you are awesome.
Now on to the other matter of the Phantom. And this is just my idea. I personally thing that Christine should have gone with the Phantom instead of Raoul. Yes, I know the Phantom is evil. No, I don’t think Christine could change him. Ok, possibly. But think about it.
But the Phantom *did* help or make Christine be able to sing the way that she could. And Raoul kinda stood on the side lines, crying that she wasn’t around.
I’m definitely not supporting the Phantom’s problems. Such as killing people, and making everyone’s’ lives miserable. Because that’s wrong. Plain wrong. And yes.
Wow, this took me two days to write. Mostly because I started writing this last night really late, and had to stop due to talking senselessness (because it’s my second language, haha :-P) and…I had math in the morning. So there you have it.
So, my general view of the Phantom of the Opera is…
A) The story is awesome, it’s such a good read.
and B) the music is AMAZING. Seriously. How could listen to any of those songs and not be moved just a little bit. Come on, admit it…you know you were.
What are *your* views on the Phantom of the Opera? Are you Team Raoul or Team Phantom?
Oooo, 917 words. Feel the power.
P.S. I keep saying I’ll post those knitting pictures. Gah, I will do it sometime! Those pictures (which now I have to update them. Bleh.) have not been moved to my computer yet. I shall talk to my crew about this. *coughcough*