Not fuck you, of course, but fuck Fate. Fate and the horror of solitude.
John Cudia's performance steals your soul The Phantom of the Opera through the prism of Baudelaire and Camus, with a direct line to Dracula, Batman, Marlon Brando. It curls psychosis and romanticism into one, an homage to everything that is dark, muscular and poetic. The portrayal is universal whether a Lautrec-painted shadow or the Phantom in the Clash's Death Is a Star, it's the same guy.
Finally the Phantom gives up Christine. The painful thrust touches every vertebra. Raoul and Christine float away, singing their words of love every word of which the Phantom, in his anguish, overhears. But they're billboard photographs now, two-dimensional, equaling a world of grief.
Then, Poof! The Phantom's gone! No more music of the night.
The last word on existentialism. No, the final refusal, the final...
Are you listening? Make no mistake. This is you vanishing, too.
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