Phantom of the the opera was probably one of the movies that i have caught this year. well, i have not caught the musical before therefore, one might think i have been shortchanged by the 'wow' factor of a real-life stage production. but i enjoyed myself nonetheless and particularly during the 'masquerade' scene.
gothic but glamorous. think men in classic black and white, with their ladies in frills that thrilled and hairdos that would have earned marie antoinette's seal of approval. singing and dancing to a much-understated chereography that included quicksteps in stacatto-mode and the use of a simple prop- of one golden fan. yet there was not hardly an overload of frivolous element, thanks to the thoughtfully-crafted masks the dancers donned.
beautiful, if i may say so myself.