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Moulin Rouge

2001 musical directed by Baz Luhrman, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor as star-crossed lovers in France.

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Unique Cinematic Experience!

  • Jan 6, 2006
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Hmmm.........Boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl. That's basically the plotline of "Moulin Rouge" in a nutshell, but the way Baz Luhrmann interprets this story on screen has to be seen to be believed. Lots of lavish color, movement, sights and sounds explode on the screen like a Toulouse Lautrec painting on acid. Baz has captured all the excitement and decadence of 1800s Paris, given it a modern twist and reinvented the classic movie musicals of days gone by. And the result? A truly unique cinematic experience that is still talked about.

The cast worked together beautifully, and put blood into it. Rarely have I seen an ensemble throw themselves into their work as wholehearted as this one. Nicole Kidman as Satine was described by a critic as 'game' in this, and I can see why -- she does a strong job, but she's slightly miscast. Happily, the film isn't actually about Satine, any more than La Traviata is about Violeta. This is Christian's story, and Ewan McGregor is more than capable of carrying the film, because he's the heart of it. And if this film is about anything, it's about heart. Each of the supporting characters is good, particularly the Duke and Ziegler. The whole feeling is operatic, with high camp and severe pain interspersed, sometimes so closely together I got emotional whiplash. This is exactly how I was supposed to feel.

The first frenetic 30 minutes will have you clutching your seat and gasping for breath. It's like a white-knuckle ride at your favorite theme park - it's almost too much to take. But what a ride! "Moulin Rouge" is a movie to be viewed more than once....if only to take in what you missed the first time. You'll either love or loathe it. But if you choose the latter, quickly take your pulse and check that you're still in the land of the living! Mr. Luhrman is also a genius, though he could have easily cut 1/2 hour from the end. "Moulin Rouge" will fill all of your senses accompanied by a great Soundtrack (s).

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November 14, 2010
Nice work, milady. Not really my thing but hey, nice review.
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review by . November 25, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
**** out of ****    I believe the first Baz Luhrmann film that I ever saw was "Romeo + Juliet". I viewed it in an English class after we had finished reading Shakespeare's legendary play on-paper; and we enjoyed that one (the source material) very much. Most people in the class were, however, divided about how good the movie was; the girls seemed to enjoy Luhrmann's vision the most, while the guys - myself included - were in equally distracting states of both disgust and guilty …
review by . December 15, 2002
This is a wonderful movie. The music, the acting, the drama, what more can you ask for? Nicole Kidman surprised me withe her performance. I admit at first I was a bit skeptical about the movie. But then I saw it adn it was just wonderful. The soundtrack is just as good. The costumes, the setting makes everything so peculiar. The movie is unique and the acting superb.  "All you'll ever need is love"
review by . March 31, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Pretty colors induce a euphoric state, Nicole Kidman is in it     Cons: Where or how did they work up the nerve to destroy those great songs?     The Bottom Line: Hey, folks, shut off the music, I'm getting a headache... Wait, did I say that or write that?      Upon my first viewing of Moulin Rouge, I really didn't know what to think. The only thing I knew for sure was that this was a spectacle if there ever was one. There's lots …
review by . February 14, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
What are the folks out in tinsel land thinking? Moulin Rouge was awful--yes, just awful, not even worthy of the one star I have given it. Yes, it may be an extravaganza, but what does this word really mean? Is it meant to portray this garish concoction of fin-du-ciecle cabaret pierced with groteseque 21st century sexuality and voiced with the modern songs of Elton John etc. ? The skewed camera angles peeking up the voluminous skirts revealing fish-netted thunder-thighs (Ugh) gave me the frantic, …
review by . April 09, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Most music, most acting, and the costumes     Cons: too loud, too busy, too confusing     The Bottom Line: It is a good love story, there are some unique twists to older songs     When I look at the others, and the credits and awards for this movie I again shake my head and wonder what rock I scurry under to sleep. Beauty? Of course there was beauty – the story of undying love between the head courtesan Satine (Nicole Kidman) and …
review by . March 26, 2002
How interesting that a movie such as Moulin Rouge could have such a deeply divided audience - you'll rarely hear anyone say they "liked it," only that they loved it or hated it.Assuming you're even looking at this product and/or its reviews insinuates that you're on the "loved it" camp, so I will skip the obligatory thematic review and skip right to the plusses of the format.The DVD version of the film lives up to expectations, as this was quite a technically stunning film. Lots of work went into …
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Genre: Music, Musical
Release Date: June 1, 2001
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 2hrs 6min
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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