Before I went to see the movie "Les Miserables," I was totally unfamiliar with the musical, the songs and the storyline. The same held true about eight years ago when I saw the movie version of "Phantom of the Opera" the day after Christmas. I may have heard one of the songs in passing, but that was about it. Once the overture started playing in "POTO," I was mesmerized. Granted it wasn't Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford singing the leads (boy, would I have loved to have seen that), but I'll admit Gerard Butler held his own as the Phantom. Emma Rossum was great as Christine. Even Minnie Driver was a hoot. One of these days I have to re-watch the movie and perhaps check out the sequel - "Love Never Dies."