Top critical review
on March 20, 2016
Opera. I didn't like it.
The story needed more character development.
The Phantom, for example, shunned society and remained in the opera house plus sewer, below it. So, implicit was that he never had schooling. Yet, he was portrayed as a "genius". Why? How?
There were lots of opportunities for people to kill the bad guy (the phantom), but nobody took advantage of them - not even the lead woman as the phantom was acting as though was hanging her fiance. She was totally useless! Scene was one of numerous frustrating ones.
In addition, the girl, was a cheater; she promised to marry one guy, but, soon afterward, got the hots for the phantom - who, he complained, she also betrayed!
So, what was wrong with those guys? I thought the Phantom, at least, was a "genius". Yet, why was he plus another wasting their time, on that girl? Why not choose some one reliable?
As already pointed out, the Phantom lived in sewers, located under the opera house. Yet, they were decorated with large statues plus elaborate candle holders which held hundreds of candles. Why?
Who decorates a sewer? Who lights the candles?
During one scene, some tall candle holders rose up out of the water, with their candles already lit. Yet, how did that happen? Candles won't burn under water. (I know. The action was shown, in reverse, but why!) Also, why build such contraptions, into a sewer?
During a couple of other shots, though, water was pouring, but it made no sound. Why? How? (Seemed odd!)
Somebody built what appeared to be an endless spiral of stairs, under the opera house, but why? It wasn't explained.
Despite the phantom used a hand-powered boat, to get around through the sewer, the water was only about 1 foot deep. The audience learned that when people plus the Phantom walked through it. So, why use the boat? Why not just wear a tall pair of boots?
In one scene, the girl and her boyfriend were standing in the water. Yet, a moment later, they were slowly escaping in the boat. Yet, why, given they were already wet and the water was only about 1 foot deep? Weren't they in a hurry?
People were singing in the sewer. Yes. The sewer - where there was supposed to be a lot of bad smells. Yet the odours didn't seem to bother anyone or interfere with their songs. Implausible!
Several times, the movie showed an old man being driven around town. In one scene, he saw an old woman and she saw him. They looked at each other as his car drove away. I guess they were supposed to be the 2 young lovers, during their later years. Yet, who knows. Such was not clearly explained.
The voices of some of the singers were impressive, but that didn't make up for the stupid and boring stuff.