Moulin Rouge! Reviews
The only thing unique about it is its energy and style, and both of those things become very annoying very quickly.
Now every movie has it's flaws and Moulin Rouge! is no different. Now this is more nitpicking that actual issues with the film itself. I thought the Duke of Monroth was at times quite irritating. Now this may be what you're supposed to feel about the character but it really bugged me. Another thing that bugged me was how fast the story started. This wasn't so much as an issue but more so something I wasn't normally used to experiencing.
I found the direction of the film to be outstanding. Not only that, but I thoroughly enjoyed the cinematography. Baz Luhrmann and Donald McAlpine both did a great job in their respective roles. So why did I like the cinematography so much? For starters, it was very different from what I was used to seeing and that appealed to me. Secondly, there was something about how the film was shot that made you really feel like this story occurred during the Bohemian movement.
As the film is a musical, you can't just not talk about the film's selection of music. I found myself loving nearly every song in the film and recognizing the vocal talent of Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor the later of which I know as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Though these two were the main vocalists, I loved the voices of Jim Broadbent (Harold Zidler), John Leguizamo (Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec), and Jacek Koman (The Unconscious Argentinean).
Overall, I found Moulin Rouge! to be one of best musicals of recent memory (4.5/5 stars) and would highly recommend it to a friend even if they personally do not care for musicals. Why? Because if you strip away the musical aspect of the film, you still have a solid narrative and that alone is worth the watch.