Phantom for the new millenium
I had to shed all my preconcieved notions of how Phantom should sound before I decided to write this review. It´s a great soundtrack! Let´s hope the movie is as great. The music of Lloyd Webber has been re-orchestrated and great new music has been written for new sequences. And the full symphony orchestra and choir make the climatic scenes much more effectives than in the Theater where the music was as big as a 26 piece orchestra could be. I know I´m going to upset a lot of Michael Crawford fans but Gerard Butler is THE PHANTOM OF THE NEW MILLENIUM! His darker and a bit hoarse voice is much more appropiate for the darker scenes and his head voice is really tender and sweet when it needs to be like in "Music of the night". Michael Crawford is great but his much more lighter sound makes his Phantom a little less effective where the Phantom has to show anger and rage. And of course the role I was waiting to hear the most was Christine. Yes Emmy Rossum has the range, yes her voice has the agility and yes she can hit the infamous Eb6. But there´s just something that doesn´t quite makes her THE CHRISTINE OF ... Her singing seems at time strained and nasal and her voice color is not the one I had hoped for Christine. Her speaking voice is much more sexy and effective than her singing voice. But don´t get me wrong she´s still very good. I have nothing to say of Patrick Wilson´s Raoul. His everything this (at times) ungratefull role needs to be. I was very shoked when i first heard that Minnie Driver was cast as Carlotta because i assumed she would have to sing all of the decaying soprano´s parts herself. But of course the singing voice of Carlotta was done by a profesional opera singer Margaret Preece. I yet have to see Minnie´s on screen performance but the vocal performance of Mrs. Preece is a top one and adds the comic relief that Phantom at time needs so desperatly. But THE greatest and most pleasing surprise from Minnie Driver was to hear her in the Ending Credits song "Learn to be lonely". It´s a very simple, tender pop balad which in my opinion works perfectly in balance to the larger than life dramatic score of the movie. It has a similar effect the song "Into the west" had on me at the end of "Lord of the rings". Minnie Driver is a superb singer. It´s a real shame there was nothing for her to sing in the rest of the movie. I hope my review was helpfull!
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