WOW!! Just got back from watching Gerard Butler do an excellent job as the Phantom. I prefer his baritone to Michael Crawford's tenor. This is a visually lovely film, and of course what fan of musicals can resist Weber's music? It was fun seeing Ciaran Hinds in a rather comical role, actually singing....and Minnie Driver was a delightfully conceited diva. Miranda Richardson turns in a wonderful, subtle performance as the woman who has lept the Phantom's secret.