Since my last review was of a movie from 2004, it’s only natural that I would follow it with another film from 2004 that has absolutely nothing in common with it whatsoever. How’s that for a segue? Terrible, I know, but I have no other explanation for how I ended up watching (and reviewing) such a ridiculous movie. The stage musical, as far as I’m concerned, is fine, in spite of its issues, but I can see how adapting such a strange production into a film would be challenging. Joel Schumacher took on this challenge with a bit too much confidence it seems, because he clearly took a lot of creative chances, trying out whatever would seem most interesting. Sometimes this worked okay, but for the most part, the result was a rather awkward movie. Not terrible – it’s still interesting and the music and visuals are often impressive – but focusing on the portrayal of the main characters alone is enough to make one wonder, “How on earth could this be what they were aiming for?”
I have nothing much else to say, except that it seems rather needless. Just see the stage show. Or, cut to the chase and by the title song from the soundtrack, listen to that a bunch of times with the synth sound blasting through a sub-woofer, and then I’d say the key part of the Phantom experience is covered. On the other hand, there is a movie musical that adapts the same story in a way that also takes several big, strange, creative chances, and it works quite well. I’ll save all that for my next review, but for now, let us all remember Schumacher’s Phantom the only way we can: by making a confused face and shrugging in unison.
All together now. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯