The Phantom of the Opera-Valentine's Movie Mom Favorite

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Best Love Story Ever Told….The Phantom of the Opera.

In 2004, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of The Opera hit the cinematic big screen only to become, in my humble opinion, the most blissfully romantic movie ever made. Christine (Emmy Rossum) is a chorus girl for a famous Parisian Opera House but what no one knows is that Christine has been secretly trained and groomed by the Opera House’s Phantom (Gerard Butler) and she’s become quite a talent. When Christine’s childhood sweetheart Raoul (Patrick Wilson) comes to hear her on stage the love they had in childhood is re-kindled. The two are inseparable, but the Phantom has different plans for Christine for he too loves her and plans to marry her by force if he must. In the end, only one man can win the girl but will it be the handsome rich Victomte de Chagny, or the ghost of a man named The Phantom of the Opera?

So many things go into the equation of why The Phantom of the Opera is the most romantic movie ever, but my favorite two elements are the music and the actors. Gerard Butler plays the Phantom and his role is so intense and romantic that despite his devious ways I still in the end would choose him over Raoul! Butler’s voice was phenomenal—did anyone know that he sang?? I sure didn’t! Emmy Rossum, who plays Christine, was a scant 17 years old when she starred in this role but she sure packs a mean punch for her young age. When she opened her mouth to sing in the opening opera scene, my jaw dropped to the floor where, by the way, it remained until the credits rolled. Her voice will spring tears to your eyes, literally. Patrick Wilson is another actor that I didn’t know had a voice that could move a mountain, and boy did he ever! His character is so lovable and enchanting but still didn’t measure up to the bar that is set heaven high by Butler’s Phantom role. And the music! They did us a favor and didn’t change a thing about it, which I LOVED because you really shouldn’t mess with perfection! So even if you don’t like musicals, you’ll still find yourself entranced by Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera, it is at it’s very heart, the most blissfully romantic move ever!

Motherly Advice: I had my filters set on medium and was spared just a few religious expletives. There aren’t any sex scenes but there are a couple of pretty steamy scenes where you’ll see some revealing clothing. I’d say the main thing to be aware of for youngsters is the intensity of the movie. The Phantom’s childhood is hard to take because of the abuse he endures and then the love story between Christine and the Phantom is really quite intense. I’d recommend The Phantom of the Opera for ages 16 and up.

Trisha~ Valentine’s Day is the best time of year to indulge in the “Best Romantic Movies” so what are YOUR favorite romantic movies??

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