The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera ★★★★

The best-looking adaptation of one of the best gothic horror stories ever. The design of everything and all the sets are absolutely incredible and huge, and Lon Chaney is very intense and scary. I gasped and got goosebumps at the Phantom’s face reveal, even though I’d already seen pictures of Chaney in the makeup. My favorite scene is definitely the technicolor masquerade ball, which is worth watching on its own.

I was disappointed at how unsympathetic both Christine and the Phantom are in this version, which plays out more like a simplified good vs evil thriller than the more complex and interesting source material. The cut that I saw (how many cuts even are there?) also had music that didn’t always fit what was happening. I watched a 1 hr 42 min blu ray cut on youtube.

Not the greatest silent horror movie ever, but it’s fast-paced and visually spectacular. Glad I finally watched it!

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