Dario Argento's Phantom of the Opera (1998) * I hate to say it, because Dario Argento is my favorite director, but this film is extremely poor. Actually, it is more watchable (if that is even possible) when viewed as a comedy. There is none of the Argento flair that made all of his other films so great- in fact, the direction is rather mediocre. The only good thing I can say about this film is that it has a great Ennio Morricone score... a score that is perhaps too good for trash such as this. Anyone who is a fan of Argento knows that he can do better than this- what happened Dario? Nothing in this film is particularly scary and the Phantom (hilariously overplayed by Julian Sands) isn't even deformed! There is also a lot of intentional and unintentional humor that really destroys whatever mood Argento was attempting to evoke. The make-up and costumes are OK, but the camera work is so weak (is that even possible for Argento???) that it's not able to properly show them off. Even the beautiful Asia Argento can't save this mess. Overall, if you are just starting out with Argento, do not see this film! Pick one of his classics, such as DEEP RED, SUSPIRIA, or TENEBRE. In fact, his earlier effort, OPERA, is a more entertaining interpretation of the Gaston Leroux novel on which this film was based.