I never get bored of this movie because…
…I love an antagonist who can be simultaneously sympathetic and badass. A bad guy who isn’t so much ‘bad’ as ‘misunderstood’ and ‘kind of actually crazy’. The sort of guy you cheer on whenever he goes up against the good guys, even though you know you shouldn’t be cheering.
Time for a Spaceman’s Favourite Antagonist Checklist! See if you can guess the movie I’m talking about.
Difficult childhood? — Check
Grew up feeling isolated? — Check
Lives in darkness? — Check
Anger management issues? — Check
Possessive? — Check
Dresses all in black? — Check
Long flowing Black Cloak of Badness? — Check
….if you’ve got this far down the list and you’re thinking “ah-ha, it’s Alan Rickman’s Sheriff of Nottingham, from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves!” then technically you could be correct, except for the fact that everybody gets bored of that movie and nobody in their right mind cheers on Robin Hood….
Wears a mask? — Check
Unpredictable personality? — Check
Kills a bunch of people? — Check
Kidnaps a girl and carries her to his Secret Villain Lair? — Check
Talks about darkness and turning away from the light? — Check
….this darkness/light theme is a really big clue. A huge deal is made about it in the movie. Are you there yet?….
Gets angry when his demands aren’t met? — Check
Feels betrayed by those who know him? — Check
Sword fight in the snow? — Check
Gets beaten by nemesis in sword fight? — Check
Witnesses destruction of Secret Villain Lair? — Check
Escapes said destruction to live another day? — Check
Just wants somebody to be with him so he’s not alone? — Check
Ultimately finds redemption whilst simultaneously being haunted by the memory of his past crimes? — Check
AWESOME SINGING VOICE?!? — Check
Now, I’m not saying that the Star Wars sequels essentially took the basic character of the Phantom of the Opera, removed the singing, and gave him a different mask… but you have to admit, the similarities are there!
If you have yet to witness Gerard Butler singing, I recommend you go watch the movie, which is based on the 1986 Andrew Lloyd Webber play.