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This post was published more than 14 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 14 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 14 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

I’ve just been to see this, and I thought it was really good. As a big fan of the stage production I suppose I’m rather biased, but I was concerned that the transition from stage to screen wouldn’t work terribly well. But they really pulled it off. Despite what some reviewers might tell you.

Okay, I accept that the Phantom wasn’t played by the best person in the world (far too nice, if you ask me), and they had messed around with bits (with good reason), but I enjoyed it and would certainly recommend it. Though given the choice between the stage version and the film version, I’d still choose the stage every time. But hell, you can’t keep an entire cast and theatre in a little box by the telly for when you’re bored on a rainy afternoon. So bravo.

Those of you who know me may also be interested to know that I’ve had my hair cut today. Therefore, it is now much shorter than it was yesterday. Just, you know, to let you know.

This 134th post was filed under: Reviews.

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