Weekend Roundup: Addams Family Musical, Phantom of the Opera, Dark Shadows

Happy Monday all! 

Hope you had a nice weekend. Mine was quite busy but in a good way. For our anniversary celebration, we went to see the Addams Family play on Friday night at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul.

Truth be told, I’m not that familiar with the story nor have I seen the 1991 film version, but the trailer looks like a hoot so I thought, why not. Well fortunately, unlike what the critics think of Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, the show itself is as amusing and fun as the preview. Instead of Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth on Broadway, the touring cast of Douglas Sills and Sara Gettelfinger as Gomez and Morticia are both excellent. Sills practically stole the scenes every time he came on stage with his zing-y one liners and impeccable comic timing. I think I’d like him a lot more than Lane in the role.

I quite like musicals, and this weekend I also got to revisit one of my all time favorite musicals, The Phantom of the Opera. I have seen the stage performance twice and I could easily go a few more times as I’m just so in love with the doomed-romance story and its incredibly beautiful music. I even enjoyed the short-run sequel Love Never Dies when it was still playing in London’s Adelphi Theatre, but no, it still can’t hold a candle to the original. No wonder it’s still the highest-grossing entertainment event of all time!

THIS is the role why I’ll forever be a fan of Gerry Butler and remains one of my top five favorite GB roles. He’s been somewhat off my radar lately for one reason or another, but seeing him as the passionate, emotional tortured soul gets me every time. Now, I’m not a fan of Joel Schumacher’s work in general but I’ll always thank him for casting the then unknown Butler over John Travolta and Antonio Banderas who were vying for the Phantom role. I also like his idea of making it a young romance between Christine and the Phantom. Thus, having 16-year-old Emmy Rossum in her first feature film role is inspired casting. There’s certain beguiling innocence about her that makes it so bewitching to watch as she falls for the dark and irresistibly seductive musical genius.

The powerful combination of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s haunting music, the stunning set pieces and Butler’s sultry performance is why I’m an unabashed POTO phan for life. There are just so many favorite scenes that I may just dedicate a post for it one day, but this steamy rendition of The Point of No Return definitely takes the cake.

On Saturday, I got to see Haywire as well which I wanted to watch back in February but it was no longer playing in theaters. Soderbergh, Gina Carano and Channing Tatum was promoting the film at the Hall H panel in Comic-con last year, which piqued my interest. Review coming later this week but in the meantime, check out this guest review from FC contributor Cecilia Rusli:

DARK SHADOWS (2012)

Yes it’s the eighth film where a collaboration between Tim Burton as the director and Johnny Depp as the cast happens. I personally have only watched three of them, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and this Dark Shadows where Johnny Depp has his face painted white just like he did as Willy Wonka.
Dark Shadows is a fantasy film telling about the life of Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) which was cursed to be a vampire and buried alive by a witch whose heart is broken by him, Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). As always, Tim Burton has this imaginary fantasy in creating characters and ambiance on a film. Fairytale-like, Dark Shadows offers a vampire storyline with a little Twilight-like at some points. However, the comedic scenes by Johnny Depp shows that he’s successful in bringing this vampire movie to a different level.
I personally put my high appreciation on the vintage stuffs I find on the film. First is the soundtrack. Bringing great 70s tunes to the movie is such a superb idea to connect the film which tells about Collins’ life in the 70s. Nights in White Satin by The Moody Blues and Top of the World by The Carpenters are the soundtracks I definitely will have on my iPod. Secondly is the wardrobe. I finally find the gorgeous Chloe Moretz back. I was a bit disappointed with her performance on Hugo, but she managed to look fabulous on vintage outfits and awkward personality on Dark Shadows. Lastly, the Collinwood house of the Collins family. The statues, paintings, and decoration at the house did a great job in creating the dark ambiance of the movie.
I still feels that Dark Shadows is not Tim Burton + Johnny Depp’s best collaborations. There are some absurd scenes on the film, some people may find it entertaining or just plain weird. But I actually find nothing special on the storyline, it’s hilarious, but not much… it’s dark, but not strong either. However, it’s still worth to watch for one looking for a light comedy film with great music.
– review by Cecilia Rusli 

3 out of 5 reels


So what did you see this weekend? Anything worth watching?