Truly, this is a film – no, a movie – that dies kicking.

It is not good, but I adored The Boyf’s take: “I’ll take an ambitious failure over a timid success any day.” So true.

There are scenes, I should point out, that are very powerful. There are songs that I loved. It is undeniably a life experience. It is one of the most stylish movies I’ve ever seen. I would not rush to watch it a second time but I would absolutely watch someone else watch it.

I suspect this is how people felt when they walked out of “Phantom of the Paradise” all those years ago.