Moulin Rouge! Reviews
A poor writer in Paris stumbles into a cabaret where he is mistaken for a duke that is supposedly on the way to the cabaret the same night. The lead temptress and writer accidentally falls in love...and then the duke arrives. The owner of the cabaret and the temptress convince the duke that the cabaret is in the middle of converting to the most over the top play production in the world and he can't help but invest and be part of their vision. He decides to move forward with the investment and a fascinating love triangle breaks out between the writer, temptress, and duke.
"Never fall in love with a woman who sells herself...it always ends bad!"
Baz Luhrmann, director of The Great Gatsby, Australia, Romeo + Juliet, and Strictly Ballroom, delivers Moulin Rouge. The storyline for this picture was very unique and a nice blend of music numbers, beautiful sets, wonderful acting, and unpredictable sequences. I adored the performances by the cast members which include Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh, and Jacek Koman.
"He called them his diamond dogs."
I grabbed this movie off HBOGO as a movie I was ashamed to have never seen. I can tell you I was pleasantly surprised by this film and it might be my favorite work by Luhrmann. The scenes, colors, and visuals were breathtaking and I loved the story (very much like Romeo + Juliet). This is a masterpiece that is worth adding to your DVD collection!
"The bohemian revolution is here!"
A beautifully executed masterpiece! A classic that like a fine wine, gets better & better with age. A -
wonderfully tragic poem to Love.
The film starts off with Christian (McGregor), with a freshly shaven handsome face doing a small segment of a kooky, loud play he is coming up with called Spectacular Spectacular. Turns out, he can sing his heart out and it doesn't sound forced. Then, he goes on in Moulin Rouge in Paris where a cabaret show is going on. It's very over-the-top and off, but it is supposed to be. With a showy musical segment, Satine, (Kidman) comes into the picture. She's breathy, kind and exuberant. Like Christian, she can sing to the heavens. When she mistakes him as the Duke, she takes him to her room and whips her hair, rolls around dramatically and strangely invites him for sexual relations but he's too nervous. You can tell they have an instant connection and this goes very well with the sound of music and dialogue. After an intense number, Christian, in the moment, truthfully reveals that he isn't a Duke and while Satine is shocked for awhile and tells him to hide while the actual Duke pops in, she slowly begins a real connection with him but she faints for the second time, obviously leading to something being wrong with her (an illness). The Duke pops up and catches them but they convince him that they are reciting the lines for Spectacular Spectacular. During another musical number, they explain the plot of the play and how Satine can become a real actress.
Luhmann makes MOULIN ROUGE shine as bright as the sun. Everything is gorgeous; the production set, the costumes, the make up and the visual atmosphere. It's as visually dazzling as The Great Gatsby. He directs this with vibrant colors and lets the actors loosely do their job in a very fun way.
Kidman never has a dull moment and stays strong from her entrance to her exit. She is so sultry and beautiful but vulnerable and youthful in this that she inhabits Satine's inner core as a hopeful woman living in a seemingly hopeless reality. It's very aristocratic and angelic.
McGregor is in one of his best roles, on the level of Trainspotting. He portrays Christian as a deeply depressed man that feels betrayed by life perhaps that took away his love and the only thing that kept him going. He is so real, heartbreaking that I was surprised that he wasn't given the acclaim Kidman had received.
Broadbent, as well as many of the other supporting characters, is very enhanced in his role as Zidler. He's quiet at first but very aggressive and silly but not sinister like the Duke.
The story may not be entirely original, but it is very engrossing and engaging with blunders of love and music. The best line in the film is, "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and to be loved in return." It sparks magic as Toullous screams it at the top of his lungs to a full house. MOULIN ROUGE is either a love it or hate it movie, but I certainly loved it through and through especially with its improvement on the third act.
(Full review coming soon - with better wording probably)