The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera ★★★

Hoop-tober Film #34: 1920s (Pre-'70), Silent

I guess we're supposed to be frightened of the Phantom's appearance, but the REAL MONSTER is the Phantom's personality. What a controlling, entitled asshole! I feel dumb anytime I don't like a bad guy because they're too bad, but it seems like we're supposed to have sympathy for him, and it's the kind of tragic figure I want to have sympathy for. But not even Lon Chaney's performance could get me to feel for him. Fuck the Phantom.

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