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Misha Lee Says, in 1-19-2010 at 17:34:53 from     

It is difficult to transform a show meant for the stage onto the silver screen, especially one that has been held in such high acclaim for so long. I am torn about the latter, because I am a long time fan of the musical and an avid theatre person. I also own the original novel and have seen several film versions of it. I was quite apprehensive, when I heard about Evita being made into a film, but it surpassed my (rather low) expectations. I know this movie has been in the works for many years and there have been ongoing debates about that along with the casting. I am one of several who are miffed that the original leads will not be again, despite the argument of their being older. Sarah Brightman does not look like she’s aged 20 years and even at 62, Michael Crawford is still in good shape and as active as ever. In my opinion, the years gone by have bettered their voices. What little bit of the Phantom is seen, would be covered by makeup. Having the Phantom be so young also changes the dynamic of the story between Christine and himself. There is also an argument that they are perhaps not meant for the silver screen. Michael has spent quite a bit of time in front of cameras on sets and the years have strengthened his acting. I vaguely recall Gerard Butler in Cradle of Life, but beyond that I am not familiar with the new cast members nor their performance abilities. They are as foreign to me as Michael and Sarah are to a lot of the population. Will I go to see the movie? After as long as it has taken to actually come to reality, yes. Whether my support for the film goes beyond that, I do not know as of yet.
Rating: 3 / 5

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Anonymous Says, in 1-19-2010 at 20:18:03 from     

This had to be the worst movie I’ve ever seen. I literally left the theater 40 minutes into the film. All they do is sing sing sing. Stupid movie save your cash.
Rating: 1 / 5

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JustAForeignReader Says, in 1-19-2010 at 23:05:10 from     

this is perhaps the worst musical i’ve ever viewed. horrible songs except the 1st song sang by the heroine on the stage, all the other songs were so horrible that almost drove me and my wife crazy. the song writers did a horrible job, all they did were either making the ugly and boring tunes repeat and repeat, again and again or, my god, making every ending tune suddenly high up, lower down, and repeat it again and again, so single-mindedly monotonus and dead-beat. the phantom’s voice was the worst and most horrible voice i’ve ever heard, a struggling, coarse, limited and broken voice, it was so terrible. so many boring repeated again and again alley-cat-like singings, the contents of the songs were so bad, so hollow, so brain-dead, so meaningless. my ears have never been felt so uncomfortable before. the storyline was also so shallow and illgoical with lot of holes. horrible music tunes and songs. the song and music writers should change their professions as soon as possible. horrible! what a waste of production!

i’ve heard a joke before that if you want to make those life-without-parole murderers, rapists to commit suicides or hang themselves in jail, the best tender mercy way to do is to broadcast ‘the sound of the music’ in every cell, 24/7 non-stopping. all those convicts would become crazy in 7 days, kill themselves within 2 weeks.

well, folks, now, i think i’ve got a better one.
Rating: 2 / 5

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wellred Says, in 1-20-2010 at 01:29:15 from     

I think I can speak for all the men in the Amazon audience who were forced to watch this phglem, I mean film, “Give me back the remote!” For the love of all that is good, do not make one more weepy musical EVER!
Rating: 1 / 5

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Michael Bolts Says, in 1-20-2010 at 02:29:12 from     

This time, The Phantom Of The Opera is a musical formed by the forces of both Andrew Llyod Webber and Joel Schumacher of all people. Last time anyone made Phantom Of The Opera it was a dreadful horror movie with Robert Englund. Some people loved this, thats why its up for Best Picture (Comedy or Musical) and who can blame them…the production looks fabulous…there’s some wonderful actors but do we really see them act? No we see them threwout the movie moan and groan out their feelings in high and low pitched musical numbers throwing out the dialouge. At least give us Grease or The Imposters..I mean, it was like Moulin Rouge over again..it would never end. Gerard Butler’s (Timeline, Reign Of Fire) Phantom wasnt that impressive…he did a much better job as Dracula. Emily Rossum is beautiful and has a nice singing voice but enough already!!! Miranda Richardson’s (Spider, Sleepy Hollow) singing voice is piercingly awful and Minnie Driver (Circle Of Friends, Beautiful) is so annoying…its hard to like anyone in this movie…although I was rooting for The Phantom to kill pretty rich boy who rides white horse and weaps cuz he cant have the woman he loves. Too much drivel in my mind…..wasnt the best in my mind. I just didnt get into it that much and for me it was boring,
Rating: 2 / 5

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