Phantom of the Opera From The Royal Albert Hall Movie Reviews

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  • 5
    If you've got an extra three hours to spare, then today is the day for you to go see "Phantom of the Opera From the Royal Albert Hall". I generally don't care for broadway musicals, but this one gets it just right. Sometimes I think musicals like Grease or Moulin Rouge are fun in parts but they don't work as a narrative. This is one story that really gets to you with its themes of love and beauty that are as eternal as our emotions. The songs are all first rate, thanks mostly to the awesome vocals of the leads who make the screen vibrate with their brilliance. I can still hear them crying out in the distance. Even if you think you've seen this musical before, you should see this movie because it brings you up close to the actors, the music, and the set in a way that you just can't always experience, even at a live performance. I think this will always a be the classic musical, even a thousand years from now when people have long forgotten the name Andrew Lloyd Weber.
  • 3
    I try to see as many different types of movies as I can because I want to be an informed moviegoer. I liked this movie but I guess that because what you're watching is a filmed version of a live performance, you feel like you might as well just go and see the thing live. I will say that the singing in incredible, though I think it may have been remastered or digitally altered because there was just no way that a live performance can sound that flawless. I guess it could if the actors are really that well-trained, but I don't know much about musicals or operas so I won't say that they're not good. I really liked the part when the Phantom reveals his face. He's supposed to look like a decayed corpse which was neat considering that Christine has already started to fall in love. I guess it gets you thinking about what you would do in the same situation. Ugly is ugly, but I don't think I could love someone who looks like a cadaver. Maybe that's why they'll never make a musical about me, LOL!
  • 4
    Forget "Romeo & Juliet" or "Beauty and the Beast". The greatest love story ever told is "The Phantom of the Opera", hands down. Whenever we sing standards in chorus at school, we always choose to sing this score because it's the one musical that I think everyone loves. I have yet to find anyone who has anything bad to say about it. This is a lush and beautiful performance that was really done well. They didn't spare any expense and it shows. Everything from the sets to the costumes to the lighting just screams "GORGEOUS" and you won't want it to end. It's what they always call a feast for the senses. My only complaint about the movie is that I think they cut a few songs out that I remember being in an old live performance I saw. I hope they didn't just for the sake of the movie, because then they're cheating viewers out of the full experience. I would double check to be sure that you're seeing the full, uncut version.
  • 4
    I must confess that I am not a big fan of musicals in general, but this one I admit is special. This screen version of the live performance is really incredible. Next to seeing it live at the Royal Albert Hall itself, I can't think of a better way to experience the magic of "The Phantom of the Opera". I have seen a lot of versions of this musical, both live and movie/tv versions, but I think this is the best one I have seen that isn't a live performance. The voices from the lead actors are the kind that really sing, they envelope you and make the whole experience extra special. The actor who plays Erik is particularly good (how could he not be?) and I still get chills when I think of his rendition of "Music of the Night". If you don't see any other movies this summer, be sure to see this one. It's only playing for a limited amount of time but we will get more such movies to see if enough people go and actually pay to see them.
  • 5
    Sigh, what's not to like in a spectacle like this classic musical brought to life like you've never seen before? I loved musicals as a kid and was sad when they went out of vogue but now that they're back in a big BIG way, I take any chance I can get to expose my kids to the wonders of musical theater. Lucky for me, they usually go along since they've grown up with musicals in Disney movies so they know that a musical is a good thing - and when it's done right, it's a very, very good thing! The thing I love about this production is the sheer scale of it. It's just so vast and so grand that you feel like you're watching it live. And the music??! Oh heavens, it's to DIE for, almost as good as hearing it live. You all know the story by now of Christine and Erik, and it still breaks my heart every time I see it (or hear it). The vocals in this movie are astonishing and you will want to buy the tracks on iTunes. I already did and listen to it every day on my way to work.
  • 5
    I don't know what it is about this musical, but it just gets me every time! This is one of those rare musicals that you know backwards and forwards and you know every song and every lyric to, but when it's done right, boy is it done RIGHT. This staged production is so lavish and opulent that even if all you had were the visuals without any music (a cardinal sin, I agree) you would still have something spectacular to behold. I especially loved the choreography which is based on the original London run so you feel like you're watching the original musical instead of just another rehash. If you're the type who likes live performances but you don't have a big musical theater community in your city, then this is a great way to experience the magic of "The Phantom of the Opera". It will make your heart sing out loud and give rise to a love for musical theater that is much better than movies like "Rock of Ages" or "Footloose."

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