Schumacher has a real talent for bringing spectacle to the screen. I went in with a love for the music and the film adaptation brings so many lush, beautiful, colorful and mystical set-pieces to life. Yeah, I'm a sucker for musicals but this is Hollywood entertainment at its best; playing to emotion rather than intellect.
Joel Schumacher deliver a watchable and crowd-pleasing film version of the beloved musical. It has a great gothic atmosphere that fit perfectly and it actually helps the movie that the actors don't sing too perfectly. I love Emmy Rossum even if she is no Sarah Brightman. The introducting and epilogue is totally unnecessary though and as in all versions (especially the book) the Raoul character is a bore.
Mediocre at best, even though the Phantom works better without the constant, bombarding musical numbers, the already melodramatic plot is lifted by the beautifully orchestrated music which brings the grand, symphonic effect Mr. Webber intended, with much more success than the stage production, which is limited in its range for obvious reasons