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The Phantom of the Opera and Michelle Trachtenberg
Saw the movie The Phantom of the Opera today. It was fabulous! They tried to stay true to the play, which made me very happy. I'm considering reading the book now, too.

I do, however, still love the play more. Of course, I watched it in London, so that might have something to do with it. But also, it gave me chills in the playhouse. My favorite part was how they changed the set during "The Phantom of the Opera". Absolutely amazing.

The movie, though, it was definitely worth watching. The singing was well done, the costumes were fabulous, and I absolutely adored Minnie Driver as Carlotta.

I also saw the preview for Ice Princess with Michelle Trachtenberg. If you haven't seen it, it's about a young girl who's a bit off because she's uber smart, and so she decides to be an ice skater! ... It makes slightly more sense when you see the preview. Here were the two main thoughts that went through my head when I saw the preview: A) "Dawn totally stole Buffy's dream of being an ice skater! Mwehehehehe!" and B) "Huh, I wonder if she'll make out with her brother in this movie."

*Sigh* I suppose I'll finish doing laundry, even though all I want to do is play Soul Calibur II. I want to beat people up with staves and whip-swords, damnit!

Current Mood: thirsty thirsty
Current Music: Original Broadway cast - "The Phantom of the Opera"

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moisha From: moisha Date: January 10th, 2005 08:05 am (UTC) (Link)


I hated Phantom.

To me it was a pretty movie with nothing behind it.

The Phantom took Christine down a catacomb lined with arms holding candelabras. This image is lifted right out of Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast its not even funny. Oh well. At least Schumacher is stealing from the best.

I think the problem is Schumacher wasn't vulgar enough. The sets look expensive but they're photographed stiffly without any decadent atmosphere or visual flow.

The result to me was a musical that isn't liberated from the stage but trapped on screen. Gerard Butler (The Phantom) sang like a meat loaf stuffed with garlic. HE SUCKED! Minnie Driver didn't even do her own singing.

Very under the top. No one is a bigger fan of the stage musical than me and no one was more excited for the film but I left more dissapointed than any other movie I had seen.

Think I've thought about it a little bit?
ifritah From: ifritah Date: January 10th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: hmmm

*Snicker* Well, I'm not surprised. You and I have almost always disagreed when it comes to films. ^_~
moisha From: moisha Date: January 10th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: hmmm

I was going to say that that's not true but I can't recall a movie we actually both liked. ^_^
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