I'm gonna be bold and say that Phantom of Opera has the best movie soundtrack of all time for a musical (and just to be clear I am talking about the 2004 version now streaming on Netflix). This is a pretty big statement especially since Les Mis is my favorite movie and Grease is my favorite musical, but I am willing to admit that Phantom of the Opera's soundtrack has them both beat. Its plot definitely is not my favorite, and there are some holes and weird stuff and I am a firm believer that the Phantom is really just a nice, misunderstood guy and everyone, including his love interest Christine who ends up with someone else, is doing him a great disservice. At least in Les Mis and Grease the romantic pairings make sense, given that you like Cosette better than Eponine.
But lets talk about the music.
Its jsut good music, plain and simple. I don't want to bore you with music theory and science, but we can all agree that some songs just make us feel some kind of way, and movie soundtracks can really help you to connect to the characters and their situations. Phantom of the Opera does this, and just really hits it out of the park with each musical number. Everything is big and loud and dramatic and stirs a fire in your soul and totally ensnares you in the same messy, borderline creepy romantic passions that also ensnare the main characters. I guarantee that even after the movie is over you'll be pulling up the soundtrack on your phone and listening to it in your free time, its just so good.
There was a lot more jazzy synth than I anticipated, but somehow they made an 80s staple instrument work with the violins and piano and the 1800s setting of the play. Every time the phantom appeared and his iconic soundtrack rattled the walls of my living room and that synth was right there, blaring with the rest of them, it gave me goosebumps.
Speaking of the Phantom, in the 2004 version he is played by a young Gerard Butler, who can I just say, is a total babe. Like a super hunk, even with a deformed face and tons of psychological damage, Gerard Butler is just so handsome and charming that I can't help but have a huge crush on the Phantom. As for his singing, well, he tried his best.
The best songs are hands down 'Wishing You Were Here' and 'All I Ask of You', but 'Music of the Night' is another good one, despite the scene itself being kind of creepy since the phantom has pretty much abducted Christine and is trying to convince her to sing for him down in the catacombs (but he's just misunderstood and really a nice guy). But the first two are definitely my personal favorites because they're just so dramatic and they make me want to jump off a waterfall or fall in love with a partly deformed musical genius that lives in a basement complete with a moat.
Overall, the film is great but the music is better and even if you aren't a big musical fan you'll find something to like about Phantom of the Opera, even if its Raoul's hair in the graveyard scene. The role of Christine is now my current dream role and I only hope life's paths will take me on a journey that will let me live out my Phantom fantasies in real life on the stage. PLus the movie is on Netflix so you really don't have any excuse not to watch it. The same way you have no excuse to not take the one question poll on our homepage, because all it requires is you clicking an answer and hitting submit.
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