This is something I’ve wanted to write down for awhile. Being a giant Phan since age 5 when I listed to my mother’s cassette, I had mixed feelings about the film. Sure, it comes no where near the stage production. Yes, Gerard Butler doesn’t have a great singing voice. No, the movie Red Death costume has nothing on the stage production costume. Definitely, there are so many things that could have made it so much better.
But, awhile back I started a 30 Day Phantom Challenge; one of the questions was how you first learned about Phantom, so I thought I’d see what other people put. I was surprised at how many people didn’t know anything about it until the film. At first, I felt a little disappointed - how could people not know it existed until then?! But then I had this thought: The movie opened up The Phantom of the Opera to a whole new audience of younger generations, people who don’t typically see theatre productions, or people who just can’t afford a ticket.
And for that, the film is wonderful.
To be completely honest, I watched the film while it was in theaters a total of 6 times. Two days in a row once. And I have both the widescreen and fullscreen DVDs because they had slightly different covers. Michael Crawford will always be my Phantom and I will always prefer the stage, but I have no regrets spending my money on the film.