The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera ★★½

Spooky Scary Horrorthons 2 - Film #28

There are several things that I enjoy about The Phantom of the Opera. I love the impressive sets, whether it's the grand halls inside the Paris Opera House or the devious catacombs that lies hidden beneath the opera house it all looks impressive now and it must have looked even more impressive back in 1925. So from a visual standpoint I have absolutely no complaints.

Lon Chaney acting as the titular phantom was also very pleasing to watch. His hideous makeup still looks great and rather intimidating and his body language is absolutely on point, perfectly painting the image of a tragic villain.

However, much like Vampyr that I also greatly praised for it's impressive visuals, I quickly found myself bored with The Phantom of the Opera due to the pace and lack of interesting story. The running time of 107 minutes was quite frankly more than I was able to handle for a tragic romance story from the silent era, something that is of course is absolutely subjective and doesn't say a whole lot of the quality of the actual film. It also didn't help that the earlier parts of the film just feels pretty boring by the standards that I have come to grow used to from my own film viewing experiences, it all feels like absolute filler and I can't really say that I feel like a lot of it added to the story of the film. Admittedly after a certain point things got a bit more exciting with the introduction of Lon Chaney so I didn't find it all to be an absolute bore.

I guess the easiest way to put it is that I respect The Phantom of the Opera. It is clearly an impressive feat for it's time and it still looks pretty impressive today. But as a casual viewer I must say that I didn't get a whole lot of enjoyment or excitement out of it, and I simply can't hand out a high score because of respect alone.

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