Ce n'est pas mon Fantôme préféré et moi, je reste fidèle à celui des fabuleux studios Hammer (de Terence Fisher, donc). Car ici, le scénario est assez difficultueux, voire poussif, décousu (comme le visage du fantôme quand il s'apprête à dormir sur son absence de deux oreilles), parfois même difficile à suivre. Et guère de mystère (jamais fantôme ne fut moins fantômatique... mais quelle jolie Christine, j'allais dire évidemment mais heu...). Cela dit, pour les vrais amateurs de ce film, je recommande absolument en priorité l'édition américaine - ASIN: B00062IVLM - de ce film (au standard zone 1, mais bien dispo en VO sous-titrée français), car on a deux versions (un par face du DVD) de l'oeuvre selon le format où l'on souhaite la regarder : adaptation de l'image 16:9 (donc un peu artificiel) ou "full screen" (recouvrant le vrai format originel).
The Paris Opera House is being sold to a couple of junk... oops scrap metal dealers. They inherit along with the opera and Opera Company but also an unwanted guest. Yes it is the Opera Ghost or Phantom. The ghost falls in love with a voice and before the story of a love triangle is over we see that genius has turned to madness.
Loosely base on a story written by Gaston Leroux in 1911 "LE Fantôme de l'Opéra" (with many improvements) and more than 10 movie adaptations, "Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera" is brought to film with only scenes and sights and full orchestral music at can only bee seen and heard on film (best in Blu-ray).
As with many movie adoptions this film pails compared to the famous stage productions. Yet is much better than the stage version I watched locally. We also are treated of insights, which even though lack the mystery of stage, from flashbacks to carriage chase scenes.
The costuming and sets are impeccable and spectacular. Of course even for the time Patrick Wilson could stand to have a haircut.
Most of the actors, of course not the stage actors, were well chosen especially Minnie Driver as Carlotta. Emmy Rossum as Christine is cute as a button and could have been a Disney hereon. The only downside is that with all the choices of singers thy chose a lead Gerard Butler as The Phantom who is not a professional singer and you can hear it.
Ignore the fact that you can hear Evita creeping in many of the tunes and prepare to be wrapped in the story.
The Blu-ray DVD has a great back story of the Making of the Phantom that almost rivals the movie.