The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

Hooptober 6.0 #11:
Maybe I am cheating by not rating this, but it's hard to do for me. This is obviously great enough to have stood the test of time, but it was honestly hard for me to stay engaged with such a simply constructed (gendered) narrative. It moves rather slow in the beginning, but picks up in the last third (I haven't read the novel, or even seen the musical completely, so I have no basis for comparison). However, Lon Chaney is a force beyond human in his literally painstaking makeup and performance. He really is supernatural in this. I watched the restored, tinted 1925 version, so it included the color Masque Ball sequence which was cool. Seeing Chaney atop the monument staring down, in color, was magnificent. I'm glad I finally watched this in a decent quality. I've always been fascinated with Chaney (I would recommend The Unknown as a good, short, slightly horror-tinged feature). The anachronist in me really wanted Christine to be a more empowered character...