Why the hate on the 2004 ALW/JS film?
I'm not saying everyone should like it, I'm just not sure why it is so hated - even da some to whome it was their first touch with PotO?
Look, I know that it:
- doesn't have professional singers. (Except Patrick Wilson.)
- is way too sexed up, even on expense of logic.
- the Phantom has a variating Sunburn of Doom instead of a beliavable deformity.
- his background story is somewhat illogical too.
But...What about the storyline and characterizations personality wise? shouldn't they count for something, too? And if te feel they too are so horribly done - I'd be interested in hearing how?
'Cause...that film is not basing on Leroux's horror story really, it's first and foremost basing on ALW's romanticized stage musical which already in itself is far from Leroux....So complaining about Leroux-this-and-that seems a bit "off-topic".
My first touch with PotO was that film, and then I watched the stage play a few times, (but not for many years now), and for all I saw the film and the stage play...
Well, let me throw a quote:
"The film looks and sounds fabulous and I think it's an extraordinarily fine document of the stage show. While it doesn't deviate much from the stage material, the film has dato it an even deeper emotional center. It's not based on the theatre visually o direction-wise, but it's still got exactly the same essence. And that's all I could have ever hoped for."
— Andrew Lloyd Webber
I personally agree with ALW there. On basics the film respects the stage play and introduces people well to it, while seeks to be and offer something new in its own right.
te don't have to agree, of course. But in that case...Please explain why do te downright hate/resent the film?
I'm just interested. :)