Phantom of the Opera – Movie 1943

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This is the second movie version of the Phantom of the Opera that I’ve watched.

If you want to know more about what I thought of the book, check out my book review.

I was very surprised to find out that this movie strays far, far away from the original Phantom of the Opera story.  I’d say they took the Phantom theme and decided to tweak it into their own alternative version of the story.  In this movie, all elements of the plot have their beginning and end in Christine.  The Phantom becomes nothing more than a miserable old man whose mind is broken by adverse circumstances.  It’s difficult to feel much horror at his actions when all you want to do is take the poor man and get him some psychiatric help.  I really missed seeing the diabolical character of the Phantom in this movie.

Personally, this wasn’t my kind of movie.  The plot and acting are just a little too campy and dated for me, but I could see my mother loving it!  I just need a little more out of my heroine than the ability to act cutesy and sing like Snow White.  That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with the movie, I’m just not their target market.  I must say that the filming and color were amazing.  The sets and costumes were great, too.  So…my conclusion is that this would be a great movie for some people and for others (like myself) it’s a decent movie that you’ll only need to see once.  Oh, and if you don’t like singing, this is not the movie for you.

I recommend Phantom of the Opera to ladies who enjoy classic romance movies and don’t mind a fair bit of singing.

Rated: NR

Rating: 3 Stars

Until next time…

Lori

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