Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera - Comments and Message Board

I so disagree with the reviewer. Have been a fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber's music for years. Have seen the Phantom on stage in New York and was excited to see the film. I thought it exceeded my expectations with the music, costumes, sets, and the actors. I think Gerard make an excellent phantom and added much sex appeal to the role. So, mr reviewer, my opinion is that you just dont appreciate this type of music.

Posted 9 years 7 months ago by Webber/musicfan

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I think maybe this critic was not viewing the film with an open mind - he clearly hates musicals, especially ones by ALW! So his views are not worth their weight in salt. I have just watched the stage version in London which was excellent as all live performances are, but the film is so sexually charged and there's a lot more love/pity/lust from Christine for the Phantom - I have to confess I would like to see the film version put on stage!!

Posted 10 years 1 month ago by DRAMAQUEEN

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Come on, it was agood film. So Gerard Butler wasn't a singer but he did a damn good job! Emmy Rossum was beautifully tragic and Raoul was so believable. I know this isn't everyone's cup of tea, and it is better on stage interaction wise but it's a good film, very well made, perfectly cast and beautiful. And one thing, if you're going to be a critic, you don't refer to bad films made by the director, especially when he's done good ones, and you show both sides of the argument. If you ask me, this film needs a new critic.

Posted 10 years 7 months ago by Eriks Rose

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I have never read such Rubbish in all of my life . You apperantly dont know Great acting when you see it . I Loved this movie and all of the actrors where Great . Gerard Butler is one of the most brillant actors I have see in awhile , he adds so much emotion to the story line His looks ,his voice are what made this movie so Fantasic.

Posted 10 years 7 months ago by mawmaw1973@aol.com

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I have just come on your web-site and read the remarks of the critic about Phantom of the Opera AND HE IS SO WRONG. Not only was it a great film but Gerard Butler was excellent as the phantom, as was the rest of the cast. His expresions and his voice made him a very believeable phantom who was sad and lonely, and desperately wanted christine to love and stay with him . I think that Gerard Butler came in for a lot of stick when he took the role on as Michael Crawford fans thought it should have gone to him, but as much as I think that he is a good actor and singer, I think the part was made for Gerard Butler. As some-one has already said I to was mesmerised by Gerard Butler performance as I couldn't take my eyes off him and have played the dvd several times so I could see him again, and I too would have chosen the phantom instead of Rauol, in spite of his face being disfigured. All in all I think the film did great anyway disspite his appalling write up of the film. one of my favourite parts of the film was when the phantom & christine were singing point of no return and at the beinging when he takes to his lair, I love the way he flicked his cloak over his arm and stood there looking at her. it was really sexy. Anyway that is what I thought of the film.

Posted 10 years 8 months ago by sussanna

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ok, idk what you were doing while you wtached that movie, but you certainly were not oaying attention. that's all i can say with out strong language.

Posted 11 years 1 month ago by scottiesRhotties

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Yes, it was an overstylised piece of cinematic excess, but to consider a film bad simply because of its excesses would be an egregious fallecy.I can understand where the critic stands in his brutal assessment of the film for its lack of ability to have a plausible premise, flowing narrative or indeed, believable characters, but that, as one may say, is the point. If a strong narrative and plausible characters are essential elements to a decent film, then filmmakers like Kubrick, Tarantino, Bunuel, Lynch, or indeed, anyone who has dared to experiment or touch the surreal would have all been considered long forgotten hacks.The strength of Phantom, as with many other films, is its spectacle. It does not establish emotional connections through character or narrative, but through sheer style. It draws emotional response from the audience through specific image and sound combinations, rather than through characterisation or plot. True, it is riddled with flaws, with problems in pace and overacting in certain respects, and yes, the plot is wafer thin. But the cinematography was competently handled, the music exquisite, and in my view, it was certainly not deserving of the brutual treatment that was handed to it by this critic.

Posted 11 years 1 month ago by FlukeAlot

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The horrendous review by Rob Blackwelder on the brilliantly mastered Phantom of the Opera was, to say lightly, as if he hadn't even watched the movie. It's a shame that such an enchanting and beautiful film has such a bad reputation... and it's because of critics like these. It doesn't take a genious to piece the strong storyline of the movie together. With actors meant for their parts, this work of art will be treasured for many years to come by all types of people. Rob Blackwelder stated that, "The songs are so vociferous and beyond campy that if Beavis and Butthead were theater fans, they'd have the T-shirt and would head-bang along to the soundtrack." On the contrary, the music fits perfectly with the passion of the movie and actors. I write this with sincerity and honesty...this movie gets 5 stars!

Posted 11 years 5 months ago by theRIGHTcritic05

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The fact that you, Mr. Blackwelder, were so untouched by the beauty, emotion, and just plain lusciousness of this amazing movie speaks volumes to me about what kind of a person you must be. (to quote a line from the movie, "Pitiful creature of darkness, what kind of life have you known?" to create such hateful and negative thoughts...)What exactly was it about the movie that threatened you so much that you felt the need to cover your insecurities by spitting out all that venom? You're obviously out of touch with reality, first of all, or maybe you live in a parallel universe, where what you think you see is, in reality, exactly the opposite of what is really there....because, as others have mentioned already, the movie you've described and criticized is absolutely, most positively not, the same one that I saw when I went to the theater!!!

Posted 11 years 5 months ago by Phanphorlife

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Mr. Blackwelder I do not agree with one word you said.I loved this movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!I think it was exceptional.I felt the actors and actresses did a spendid job.I was completely and utterly taken witht he Gerard Butler's portrayal of the Phantom. He kept me spell bound and moved me to the depths of the deepest emotions. He was superb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!His acting and singing magnificent and yes, HE CAN SING!!!!!!!!!!!ALW, Joel, they di da great job with casting.Not a boring moment. What movie were you watching anyway? Not the same one as I was that is for sure.This movie rocked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted 11 years 5 months ago by wolfe

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To Mr. Blackwelder:after reading your vitriolic assessment of 'Andrew Lloyd Webber's' music, and derisive comments about 'Joel Schumacher' and 'Phantom of the Opera' in particular -no doubt stemming from an unimaginative, closed mind -I want to convey a brief message, that the great composer 'Ludwig van Beethoven' once sent to one of his most vicious critics:" Sir! I am sitting in the most private room of my house with your critique in front of me... soon I will have it behind me!"To that I might add: in those days, a Newspaper was the frequently used paper of choice for toilets!Respectfully... Gabriele C.Thyen

Posted 11 years 5 months ago by Gabriele C Thyen

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i completly agree with u nightmusic, It was a wonderful movie and anyone who doesn't realize it. Don't have any taste at all.

Posted 11 years 5 months ago by phantomreddeath777

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What an appalling lack of taste Rob Blackwelder has as a "critic"! I'm convinced that he and I did not see the same movie, and there are so many I know and have read about who support my views in this matter. This film was so visually stunning, the leads and supporting actors were so appropriately cast, Joel Schumacher was so skillful as a director who more than fulfilled his debut in this film genre, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's music is so beautiful, so sensual, so haunting . . . what more can one ask for from one of the most entertaining films to hit the big screen in decades? I've seen the stage play several times and have listened to the Crawford/Brightman CD for at least 10 years now, but this film surpasses anything previously connected with Phantom of the Opera in all its many voices and mediums. Nothing can hold a candle to it. I truly pity those who have listened to "critics" such as Mr. Blackwelder and who have allowed themselves to be persuaded ("railroaded" might be a better term here) into not viewing this film on the big screen. They truly have missed something very special indeed. Perhaps they will be fortunate enough to rent the DVD for an evening to at least catch a glimpse of this stunning film. Congratulations to the cast and crew of the most spectacular showpieces of all times. They have done a tremendous job in bringing the Phantom to life.

Posted 11 years 5 months ago by nightmusic43

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