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Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

Had to go to the dentist today. Blarghle. That always makes me feel seriously tired and washed out. So I haven't done much of anything work-ish today except for parts of my proto-project. Ah well, maybe tomorrow.

I did stop by after the dentist appointment to pick up some chemicals to add to the guppy tank to try to reduce the ammonia. It's going down, but it's still not gone. I added a bit more, and I'm hoping that by tomorrow morning it'll be gone, and I can go a-fish buyin'. We'll see. I should probably do a partial water change but... tired. Blah.

Oh, yes. Over the weekend I did watch Phantom of the Opera, the latest movie version, which came from Netflix. I'm torn on it. I've actually never seen the musical, though I've seen at least one other movie version and own (and love) the music from the musical, so I've had a general idea of how things go. I'm not too fond of some of the changes, especially to how they sing some of the things since it just throws the fans off, without really adding anything.

And the cast is... uneven. Christine was excellent I thought, Carlotta was funny but perhaps a bit over-the-top. Raoul was... well, he was nice to look at, at least, and he did sing well when he sang, but he was one of the bigger offenders when it comes to, say, speaking lines that should have been sung (may not have been his fault, but there it is). And he also didn't come across as... elegant and charismatic as I'd come to expect from a Raoul. He was cute, and pleasant, but he didn't walk into a room and *own* it, like I wanted him to. And as for the Phantom... *twitch* the acting was fine, and he obviously tried his best, but his voice just seemed all wrong for the Phantom. I was afraid at first that maybe it was just because he's Not Crawford, but after listening more I decided that no, it's not. His voice just isn't powerful enough, or quite emotive enough, and it's too rough and unrefined. He also sings at some times like William Shatner acts - pauses in all the wrong places, hesitant for example when the song calls for being smoothly seductive. Meh.

But overall, it was still the Phantom, with a lot of spectacle and some Good Stuff, so... I ended up rating it a 3 out of 5, pretty much split down the middle. (Although Netflix really needs to expand their rating system - five stars when you're rating a lot of flicks just doesn't give you enough breadth to really differentiate.)



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Aug. 15th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
And as for the Phantom... *twitch* the acting was fine, and he obviously tried his best, but his voice just seemed all wrong for the Phantom.

On the other hand, he makes quite a good Beowulf. I was afraid he'd come off like a poor Viggo Mortensen imitation, but he's actually very good.

I've never seen him in anything else, though. (I thought I'd seen Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life, but it turns out I haven't. No desire to change that, either.) Including Phantom—I'm afraid I have a Webber allergy.
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Aug. 15th, 2006 05:23 am (UTC)
Bahahah! No, no I hadn't. Have now though... thanks! ;)

I had the same damn thought about the face though. Okay, so he's wearing this itty bitty not even half-mask, it's removed, and... OMIGOD it's the plague of death over half his face and skull? WTF?

Aug. 15th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
I think you nailed what disturbed me about this Phantom, too. Too rough.
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