WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.
The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall by Nick Morris and Laurence Connor (Directors) Cammeron Mackintosh, Dione Orrom, and Brett Sullivan (Producers)
Type: Musical, Romance, Thriller
Basic Plot: A girl named Christine is the romantic obsession of a man that lives underneath an opera. As he stalks her, she falls in love with her childhood friend, Raoul, and the “Phantom of the Opera” decides he has to take more and more drastic measures to keep Christine.
Plot: 3½/5 Above Average: The story follows the book more accurately than most movies, but is still very different in some ways. Some characters are also removed or given less importance. The spirit of the book was captured in some ways, and the roles of the characters were still the same. Some of the story was just inaccurate.
Acting: 4½/5 Amazing: This is probably one of the better acted versions of Phantom of the Opera I have seen. Christine (Sierra Bogess) didn’t stare off into nowhere land like several other ladies that have played her in the past. The main characters were all expressive in the body and voice, and secondary and minor characters were believable.
Costumes and Scenery: 4½/5 Excellent: The costumes were outstanding, having a lot of variety and being a good quality. The song Masquerade probably had the most amazing costumes.
The scenery was simple, but good for most scenes. There was usually not a need to be elaborate. The only odd thing was that sometimes there was a pre-recorded scene in the background to make backgrounds or pictures for certain situations. This was sometimes natural and understandable, but it could also be seen as cheesy or lazy.
Music: 4/5 The characters had stronger and more operatic voices than some versions, but this also made certain characters sound like they were yelling at each other at times. The Phantom probably had this problem the most. Other than that though, the singing was beautiful and clear.
Moral: 2/5 A Mostly Unclear Moral: The moral seems to be what love for someone else can do, as Christine’s eventual pity and love for the Phantom cause him to let her go. Though the moral is a bit cliché seeming, it is true that love can change others, which is why God says in the Bible to love our enemies and those that treat us unwell, as well as unsaved spouses.
Overall: 4/5 Well Done: I recommend this musical in quality, and I believe girls and women from thirteen to adults would enjoy it in quality best.
Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 3½/5 Quite Suggestive: There are statues on stage that include women’s bare chest, some covered by grabbing hands, and a far off statue that shows a naked man, though with the latter it is hard to see detail. There are chairs with what appears to be shirtless women on them. Ballet dancing is done that shows women’s legs in tights, sometimes up past the knee. Dresses on women are low in the front and back and show off their arms and shoulders. There is one brief shot of a woman’s underwear over tights shown as she changes her skirt. A woman changes behind a screen onstage, and her shoulders are seen. A man is seen once shirtless. A woman cheats on her husband in an opera. In an opera, a man attempts to kiss a woman’s hand, but fails to. A man hugs and holds a woman he is not married to. Non-married characters kiss, hug, and hold each other, and some of the kisses may be seen as a bit passionate. During an opera, a man grabs at a woman’s skirts and caresses and embraces are among the characters. Someone is called a “dark seducer.” A man makes a suggestive comment once. Two men believe a man and woman have slept together, though they haven’t. The Music of the Night is a slightly suggestive song, though nothing sexual or inappropriate happens. Past the Point of No Return was beyond suggestive and was inappropriate in some of its lyrics, and the characters caress each other throughout the song. Don Juan Triumphant had some immodest references as well. A woman wonders if a man will assault her, but he doesn’t really answer if he will or not besides saying his ugliness has “denied” him such things.
Lyrics to The Music of the Night, Past the Point of No Return, and Don Juan Triumphant can be found here:
The Music of the Night: http://www.metrolyrics.com/music-of-the-night-lyrics-phantom-of-the-opera.html
Past the Point of No Return: http://www.metrolyrics.com/past-the-point-of-no-return-lyrics-phantom-of-the-opera.html
Don Juan Triumphant: http://www.metrolyrics.com/don-juan-lyrics-phantom-of-the-opera.html
Violence: 2/5 Some Violence: A man smacks a whip at the ground in a ballet dance. A man is choked to death and hung over a bridge. A man grabs a woman’s neck in a choking way, though does not choke her. A woman smacks a man with sheet music. A man shoots at another man, and one man shoots when he is frightened.
Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 2/5 Light Swearing and Taking God’s Name in Vain: Forms of “damn” are misused four times. “Hell” is misused twice. God’s name is taken in vain seven times, and possibly once in Italian. A character says when angry, “If you can call this sh- ‘gibberish’ art.”
Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 3/5 Some Emotional and Possibly Disturbing Content: The plot revolves around a man stalking a woman and trying to manipulate her into loving him. The creepiest part of this is probably the fact that he is telling her that he was either sent by her father from heaven or is her father so that she won’t leave him. A man’s face is disfigured and may disturb some people, though the disfigurement is not so much as a realistic horror movie makeup as a very fancy Halloween costume makeup. A man threatens to hang another man if a girl woman does not agree to marry him. A woman sings about missing her dead father. Dummies hang on ropes to represent dead men that have been hung. A woman holds a man’s decapitated head, which is covered in blood. A man pretends to choke himself and jestingly describes what he believes the phantom looks, as well as how the phantom could hurt some girls. Statues have faces grimacing in a potentially scary or disturbing manner. A man is told that if he shoots, he should, “shoot to kill.” A man sells skulls and a poster with flames in the background at an auction. Costumes include skulls and skeletons. Women verbally warn, worry, and ask about a man’s murderous ways. Death is mentioned in speech. Characters scream in fear. A bunch of scenery collapses while a woman is screaming and frightens people. A man talks about his mother’s lack of love for him.
Religious Issues: 1/5 Suggestive: A chandelier is sold in an auction in lot 666. A woman wears a costume that may be a demon costume but it may be just a dark creature or fairy of some kind. People are called “demon” as an insult. In an opera, some characters say a lady is “bound for Hades” for loving a man besides her husband. A man calls himself “the angel of hell” “angel of darkness” or the “angel of death” at least once each, either by himself or others. A woman calls a man her “fallen idol” when she is angry at him. In a song, a girl is referred to as “the sacrificial lamb.”
Magic: 1/5 Suggestive: “Haunt” is used to describe the way a man acts, and “haunted” is used for descriptive purposes. Goblins and ghouls are briefly mentioned. A man is referred to as a “phantom,” “spectre,” and “ghost.” There is a brief mention of conjurors. Pandora, a character in a mythological tale, is briefly mentioned. A man calls himself a “gargoyle who burns in hell” for self insult. A man is believed to have a “magical lasso” (though there is a lasso, nothing is shown that it is magical.) Characters worry the phantom will curse the opera house. A man is able to make flames appear in random places. A piano plays on its own. Characters wear costumes with skeletons and skulls in them, as well as costumes that may appear to be fairy costumes or slightly magical. No magic is done in the musical as far as it’s known, as many versions and the original show that the supposedly magical things that are done through
Others: Guitars and drums are played in the song Phantom of the Opera. Characters dance, usually in ballet style, and dancing is mentioned in speech. A man smokes at least once. Wine is mentioned at least once in speech. One of the costumes in a character wears to a masquerade ball is half a man’s outfit and half a woman’s. A girl plays the part of a boy in an opera that is being performed, and she and another woman pretend to kiss behind a fan.
Overall: 3½/5 Almost Teenager Appropriate: Because of suggestive sexual content, I wouldn’t really recommend this movie. If one did want to watch it, I would recommend they be at least sixteen.