Phantom of the Paradise ★★★★½

Easily the most entertaining screen adaptation I have seen of 'The Phantom of the Opera', and also the first musical adaptation; before even Andrew Lloyd Webber adapted it (maybe he was inspired). This is perhaps the most bizarre, surreal, fantastical and hilarious rendition of this story, and there is never a dull moment. The music is great, Brian de Palma's quintessential style of direction is used perfectly (split screens and all), the costume design is strangely brilliant (the phantom of this rendition even inspired the look of Griffith from the 'Berserk' manga), and the performances are all just damn entertaining. This was my second viewing of 'Phantom of the Paradise', and I enjoyed it even more this time around. If you're a fan of any rendition of 'Phantom of the Opera', if you're a fan of campy, comedic tragedies, 70s aesthetics or satirical take-downs of the music industry, you're sure to find something to enjoy here.

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