The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera ★★½

The Phantom of the Opera, while well-remembered for its sizable impact on contemporary cinema, is essentially a less charming Phantom of the Paradise. It was pretty refreshing to see a mainstream silent film with such an expressive, melancholic soundtrack, especially when it was accompanied by such well thought out cinematography and blocking, but the narrative itself is rather uninteresting and one that seems to favour an exaggerated third-person perspective over viewer investment. It's an exceptionally standard story with exceptionally ordinary, while admittedly pretty, presentation. A film to be appreciated for its influence rather than explicitly enjoyed.

Hooptober #12 (2019) | Hooptober Reviews