Sorry, I am a little confused what you are offended by. But I'd say that Christine was deceived by the Phantom in going to his Lair might not be totally accurate. I would like to think that whenever she hears Phantom's voice, she is transfixed and just can't help following him. Or at least, with JOJ in the title role, I can certainly believe anyone would be.
As for Christine being kind-hearted, I might have put it too simply, but the un-masking at that point has always always troubled me. It just doesn't look right that she should do at all. In the original, queite frankly, we are at loss at what Christine is thining. She says or does one thing and the next moment she is up to something totaly out of the blue. I think this new version gave her character more coherence as well as to Raoul
And Ron Charney (spelling right?)'s version is a different story as it's a horror film, not primarily a gothic love sotry.
In the new version, she just walks up to the Phantom from behind and sees his face when he turns around. In this way, Phantom's emotions are more of sadness than anger. And I think that it works beautifully because it balances out the amount of anger and sorrow in the show as a whole. Do we want to see JOJ as the Phantom shouting his way through the show? I suppose not. We appreciate his vulnerable side as well, don't we?
In total, I agree with the long reveiw above, except that I think some of the new costumes are on the boring side.
I just sense that some people are so up against anything that are not the brilliant original (LND was a good case in point). Open up your mind and enjoy the world of PotO as the new director imagines it.
BTW,I didn't mean the 2004 film version in my earlier post. But I may add that it is hugely admired in my own country. I admit it is quite totally different from the original stage version, but it has its own merits, which is, at the risk of being attacked for saying this, to show the beauty of Gerard Butler as the Phantom. In doing so, the director employed some very talented designers and we appreciate the athetic value of that production. And which nation first "discovered" Queen (not of the Windor variety)?