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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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The best movie of 2001

  • Mar 26, 2002
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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 all aspects of the movie, and the extras on the DVD showcase this extensive work quite nicely. There are extended looks behind the costumes, the unique and refreshing music (who but Baz Luhrmann could turn "Smells Like Teen Spirit" into a cabaret number?) and the myriad other technical intricacies of this fine film.

Interestingly enough, I felt the strongest performance in the film was that of Ewan McGregor, so it was a shame that he was left out of the Oscar nominations. Nicole Kidman shines and Jim Broadbent, who also should have been nominated for his performance of Harold Zidler, often steals the screen.

Another great Ewan McGregor film to check out (for those who are interested) is Velvet Goldmine, a 70's era punk rock musical that also features his fine vocal abilities.. maybe someday he'll cut an album.

Until then, Moulin Rouge on DVD is one of the best packaged DVD's out there, and for the money, a 2-disc set is well worth the asking price.

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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 . January 06, 2006
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 …
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 …
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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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