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**CREDITS* Directed by: Baz Luhrmann Produced by: Baz Luhrmann, Fred Baron, Martin Brown Written by: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce Starring: Ewan McGregor (Christian), Nicole Kidman (Satine), Jim Broadbent (Harold Zidler), Richard Roxburgh (The Duke), John Leguizamo (Toulouse-Lautrec) Music by: Craig Armstrong Studio: Bazmark Films, Angel Studios Distributed by: 20th Century Fox Release year: 2001 Running time: 128 minutes **SYNOPSIS** Christian is a young writer who travels to Bohemain Paris in the year 1900 to find his fortune. He finds work at the Moulin Rouge writing and directing a play where he falls in love with a courtesan by the name of Satine. They start a relationship but there's a big problem. A wealthy duke is keen to make a big investment in the nightclub on one condition; he gets Satine all to himself. Harold Zidler; the owner of Moulin Rouge and Satine's boss, agrees to this and tells Satine the arrangement. Christian and Satine then proceed to carry on their romance in secret, but what will happen if Zidler and the Duke find out? Tension and drama can only ensue. **MY REVIEW** I LOVE THIS FILM! There's no two ways about it, this is my favourite film of all time. My boyfriend at the time took me to see it at the cinema. I'd never heard of it at the time so had no expectations but I was instantly hooked. The drama, the romance, the music, the colours, the dancing. All of it was completely over the top and amazingly mesmerising. I'd seen Ewan McGregor in several films before but I'd never really *noticed* him before. But once I'd seen him playing Christian; a gorgeous naive writer, desperately in love, hopelessly romantic with an amazing singing voice and looks good in a tux to boot. Well, that was it, the beginning of a huge obsession which is still going strong 12 years later. Nicole Kidman always gets top billing for this film but I definitely think they deserve to share it. They have a sizzling on screen chemistry and are both perfect for their parts. They can both sing amazingly well and put all their efforts into it. Trivia; Nicole Kidman actually had ribs broken due to the dancing around in the tight corsets, but still soldiered on! The music is a mixture of old and new with bits of Madonna, Elton John, The Police and even Nirvana but it's been remixed and re-recorded to an excellent standard to fit in with the Bohemian feel. The film is a mixture of comedy, tragedy, high and low spirits, colour, excitement, drama, romance, good guys and bad guys and everything in between. Non stop fast flowing action all the way through with many twists and turns and no idea where it might lead you next. Moulin Rouge is part of Baz Luhrmann's 'Red Curtain Trilogy' along with Strictly Ballroom and Romeo & Juliet and it fits perfectly in the styling. **CONCLUSION** I've seen this 20 times so far and know all the songs and most of the script. I have no intention of stopping watching it and will pop the DVD on whatever mood I'm in as it's a complete roller coaster of emotions. I realise I've gushed on a bit about Ewan McGregor, but I am a HUGE fangirl and semi stalker so I'm afraid this was unavoidable. If you enjoyed Baz Luhrmann's other work, I would definitely recommend this to you. If you like romance, music, drama, theatre, early 20th Century France, Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman or any combination of the above, then you will definitely enjoy it.
The 2001 musical film, Moulin Rouge is a film that takes my breath away every time that I watch it, and that has been many times from the first time I saw this in the cinema. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, and starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, this film strikes me as something completely original from the second it starts. The film is set in 1899, in Paris. Christian (McGregor) is an English writer who goes to Paris to take in the bohemian atmosphere. He ends up meeting a bunch of other artists who want him to write a play for the famous Moulin Rouge. They take Christian to pitch his idea to Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent) who runs the Moulin Rouge. Here, Christian meets and falls in love with the star of the show, chief courtesan, Satine (Kidman). The course of true love is far from smooth for the pair, as they have to battle with the jealousies of The Duke (Richard Roxburgh), who Satine must court to fund the Moulin Rouge. The story here is a simple one of love, but told through the medium of song. Although set in 1899, there is a really modern twist in the dance hall. I feel that the action on screen is very striking, and quite typical of Luhrmann's early style as it is very similar to another film of his, Romeo and Juliet, that also told an old story with a really modern twist. The start of this film is very surreal, as Christian is introduced to life in France compared to England. Life in France is full of light and colour. The camera style is a bit shaky, and zooming around on different areas of focus as he is introduced to the sights and sounds of Paris. An early scene sees a parody of The Sound of Music, and a completely surreal moment when the artists drink Absinthe and we see a cameo from Kylie Minogue as the green absinthe fairy. This must surely be Kylie's most unusual performance, though perfectly cast. The soundtrack of this show grabs you from the start, with songs such as Rhythm of the Night, Children of the Revolution, and Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend mashed with Madonna's Material Girl being performed as Satine makes her glamourous entrance to the stage. The action on stage is frantic, and the talent from the cast is excellent. Kidman and McGregor are very talented in their singing roles. Broadbent is also outstanding in his over the top circus ringmaster style role, and I feel he is completely unidentifiable as any other character when he is in role. Kidman manages to portray the vulnerability of Satine beautifully, and you are left saddened by the fact that these star struck lovers have so many obstacles in the way of their happiness. It is such a contrast to the boldness of the rest of the film. This blows me away on so many levels. The talent of the singing, the number of performers in some of the earlier scenes performing the Can Can moving in perfect synchrony, the brightness of the costumes and the stunning set. Parts of the soundtrack are so moving. Your Song, and Come What May are gorgeous with such sentimental lyrics. There are so many recognisable songs and lyrics used in the performances, particularly when Christian is courting Satine. With a run time of 127 minutes, other films that are this long have me shuffling about a bit, but this always has me captivated. This film was nominated for 8 Oscars, winning 2 for Best Art Direction, and Best Costume Design. This is normally the kiss of death for me, if a film is Oscar nominated then I hate it, but this has remained mine and my husband's favourite film we have ever watched together. I think this is a superb example of a musical film, and its something everyone should watch at least once in their lifetime. It is great entertainment. The script is well written with so many entendres it amuses on so many levels, and I think it is worthy of five stars. I still seem to spot things on every watch through.
Baz Lurhmann is known for his eccentric and unique style but it never gets boring. Moulin Rouge is an exciting journey riched with equally outstanding performances from Ewan McGrgeor and Nicole Kidman and the entire cast. The great thing about this film is that the majority of the songs everyone will know and have the oppurtunity to sing along!
Last decade brought us the revival of the film musical - Chicago, Dreamgirls, Sweeney Todd, Rent and Hairspray, to name but a number of the best. Arguably, Moulin Rouge was the success story which triggered this film musical revival. Upon its DVD release, Moulin Rouge became a bit of an obsession of mine. I watched it every day after school for several weeks after I first saw it. I eventually gave it a rest after I realized I was living in my own little Moulin Rouge fantasy world and was probably driving my parents a little insane. I still love the film today. Some will not agree with me. Opinions on the film are not without a smattering of complaints as critic reviews suggest. Some people cannot stand the film. Essentially, the film tells the story of a poor English writer, Christian (Ewan McGregor) and a beautiful courtesan, Satine, who fall in love at the Parisian night club Moulin Rouge. Their love, however, is one that is marred not just by the fact that she makes her living attending to the pleasures of wealthy men but because she is pushed into attending to the pleasures of a wealthy duke - a new financier of the club. However, it does seem that there is a lot more going on than this alone. Driving the story are layers of song, dance and a vibrant kaleidoscope of colourful scenery and costumes. It is a film that is so energetic and rich it NEEDS an exclamation mark. Undoubtedly, people may find the film to be a little bit too much, even a little bit nauseating for the senses, particularly if they are not a fan of musicals. There are those who complain that it is merely a pop culture panache, throwing together a bunch of contemporary songs with only one original song in order to make an excuse of a musical. However, I feel that those who voice these criticisms have missed the point of the film which is pure entertainment. It is clearly a film which is heavily romanticized, driven by an idealistic notion of love and it's absurdly fantastical. Nevertheless, it is still brilliantly entertaining. Fin de siècle Bohemians didn't see visions of a Kylie Minogue green fairy when they had their absinthe and people don't usually go about bursting into song to express their emotions. It's exactly what a musical should be - camp, bold and out of touch with reality but able to engage with our emotions. Moulin Rouge allows us to revisit the spectacle which musicals used to be. - lavish affairs with rich and vibrant costumes and set designs. Moreover, it is done in Baz Luhrmann's unique style - I was and am still blown away by his imagination - the creativity of the man is dazzling. Just as he transported Shakespeare into a modern setting in 'Romeo + Juliet' he has catapulted the musical into the 21st century. The mix of live action, CGI and ambitious camera shots creates a visual feast. It is for this reason that this film really stands out and I fail to think of an example of any other film which is so rich, creative and fantastical as Moulin Rouge. *~Song and Dance~* As for the music, Moulin Rouge does borrow from various rock and pop hits of the past 60 years but it does so in such an ingenious manner. Only in this film will you hear people make a song and dance of Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' and only in this film can you find such a well put together tribute to some of last century's best love songs in the space of four minutes. Each song is carefully chosen in Moulin Rouge to suit the scene and each song is more than a mere cover. 'Hindi Sad Diamonds' for example, takes 'Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend' and gives it a bollywood makeover. The musical producer really has done a wonderful job on putting together the musical numbers and each actor seems to bring something special to everything they sing. In addition to this, there is Craig Armstrong's original song 'Come What May'. This is Christian and Satine's love theme and is an enchanting song and probably one of the best musical features in the film. Each musical number is also complemented by amazing choreography. Whoever was in charge of the dance, I applaud them. The Tango de Roxanne, for example, shows that, even when the scene is stripped of colour and flamboyant costumes, the choreography and skill of the dancers is amazing... *~The Characters & Cast~* Who knew that Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor could not only act but sing. The minute McGregor first opens his mouth to sing a line from 'The Sound of Music' I melted. Moulin Rouge is where my love for him began - his mischievous grin, his shy vulnerability and his voice. That man should sing more often! Even if he didn't sing that well he could carry a song on the basis of charisma and good looks alone (A bit like Heath Ledger in '10 Things I hate about you'). Kidman also appears to know how to carry a song. Never have I seen the actress so alluring and glamourous. Her version of 'One Day I'll Fly Away' is both delicate and powerful. As an actress I've never understood criticisms of Kidman. She has always struck me as a versatile and talented actress. The role of Satine seems perfect for her. With her voice and beauty, she reminds of a classic film star throughout. In addition to this, Kidman and McGregor have amazing chemistry, quite possibly one of the best screen couple chemistries in a long time. You really believe that they love each other. The rest of the cast is also rather brilliant. Jim Broadbent plays the loud and jolly proprietor of the Moulin Rouge, Harry Zidler, which suits Broadbent to a tee. The villain of the film, the duke (Richard Roxburgh), is also rather fantastic - he manages to embody a whole host of detestable characteristics - pitable and pathetic with an ugly little wiry moustache and quivering mouth. Throughout the film he's like a pantomine villain but he becomes increasingly more sinister when he soon discovers that his desire for Satine is not reciprocal. *~The DVD Extras~* Being such a fan of the film, I got the 2-disc DVD set and it is definitely worth the money. The 2nd disc is packed full of behind the scenes features including deleted scenes, screen tests, cast interviews and the making of the film. I particularly enjoyed the feature which allowed you to view the 'Tango de Roxanne' from various angles. The extras on the second disc are very interesting for the fan and show just how much work was put into this film. *~Spectacular Spectacular~* I adore Moulin Rouge. It tops my list of favourite films. It is a film which excels in terms of song, choreography and story-line. It is an engaging film which takes you through many emotions. One minute you will be laughing and next you will be welling up in tears (prepare the hankies for the finale). It is a film which has resonances of the old-style musical and gives it a modern edge. It is a fitting homage of classic musicals and hits of the past half-century. It is a beautifully crafted film done in Baz Luhrmann's unique exuberant style and I would recommend it to any fan of musicals. *~Thanks for reading :) x ~ Also published on Ciao, May 2010~*
You've got to hand it to Baz Luhrmann. His style might be a bit quirky, but he really knows how to give us a film full of fun, frolics and brilliant music. This 2003 film sees the unlikely musical pairing of Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman team up to give us a love story set in the backdrop of the turn of the 20th Century in Paris, with the renowned Moulin Rouge the venue. Budding young poet and writer Christian (McGregor) comes to Paris hoping to make his fortune. Picked up by a motley crew of young performers, he joins them and starts work on writing a play for them to perform on the stage of the famous Moulin Rouge, amidst all the glamour and commercial entertainment it promises. Amongst these high standards is the star of the show, courtesan Satine (Kidman). Once these two meet, it's like Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet have entered the film, and thus begins a potential romance where he chases her and she fights to hide a terrible secret from him. Thrown into the mix is a rich Duke whose business dealings with Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent) as controller of the Moulin Rouge lead to Satine needing to take his affections. Christian also has the eccentric group of performers to deal with, from a supposed Toulouse Lautrec (John Leguizamo) to a narcoleptic Argentinian singer/actor..............who doesn't really act or sing that well! It's this little group who make this film so enjoyable, coupled with a fantastic soundtrack. Leguizamo is great in his supporting role, as is Jacek Koman as the Unconscious Argentinian. Throw in a cameo from Kylie Minogue and an impressive display from Richard Roxborough as The Duke, and you have yourself the cast set to give us a good film. Luhrmann's quirky direction is his trademark, and this is definitely a film where he likes his stars to provide what you don't expect. Added into this mix is the music. Right from the start, we get a nice Parisian feel to proceedings, and it moves on from there. The bursting into song from Ewan McGregor with a slightly changed up version of Elton John's Your Song was brilliant, for me, as was Kidman's soothing voice over the course of many of the tracks, in particular One Day I'll Fly Away. Rufus Wainwright's Complainte De La Butte is soothing and melodic also, and the whole feel of it gives that relaxing and artistic feel Paris often evokes from this period. Contrasting to this is what is going on behind the doors of the Moulin Rouge, with the can can dancers and other various frantic antics. This lovely contrast is experienced by all main characters, and it's the struggle Christian seems to have with switching from artistic writer to someone trying to court one of the most exhilarating performers the city has to offer. It's a real love struggle, and we see both their affections mentally reciprocated for each other, but with holding back from Satine's part, and the heartbreak they both need to endure at various parts of the film. Luhrmann manages to do a fab job here, giving us a musical delight as well as a thoroughly gripping tale of love set in a flamboyant arena. The combination of acting and music was spot on, and it's the sort of film I could happily watch time and time again. I have the soundtrack as well, and thoroughly enjoy the remixes of classic songs from artists such as David Bowie and Queen, as well as those I have already mentioned. Moulin Rouge is a great film that I highly recommend watching. It's available for low prices, and if you're a fan of Luhrmann's work and like something flamboyant and different, then you'll love this. Recommended.
*Film Only Review* Unfortunately I didn't have the pleasure of watching this film at the cinema. What a wonderful experience that would have been, I'll just have to make do with the dvd and our 42" TV. I bought the dvd on a whim, the trailer was on TV and looked so colourful and exciting and I wasn't let down in the slightest. What a brilliant film! The music is excellent also, featuring many modern tunes while the film is set in the early 20th century, however it fits perfectly. Baz Lurman has produced a true classic which will stay with you forever. I can't imagine anyone else in the leading roles either, Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman were made for this film! Christian (Ewan McGregor) plays a travelling poet trying to find work in France and gets discovered by a group of amatuer dramatics. He begins writing a play for them to be acted at the famous nightclub - the Moulin Rouge. Quite by accident he meets the beautiful coutesan, Satine, (Nicole Kidman) the star of the Moulin Rouge and they fall in love. It is not easy going though, a rich aristocrat has his evil eye on Satine and tries to split them up, wanting Satine all to himself. Satine becomes ill but will not tell Christian, instead she begins lying to him and pushes him away. He believes she no longer loves him and leaves the Moulin Rouge. Sadness turns to anger and he returns on the night of his play being performed. During the play the evil aristocrat finds out he is there and orders for him to be killed. Thus begins an exciting behind-the-scenes chase, eventually ending up on the stage! Whenever I watch the film I end up crying and laughing all the way through and feel like I have watched something special. The duets between the two lead actors are heart-felt and exciting, the visual excitement keeps coming throughout the fillm. (Also reviewed on Ciao)
Moulin Rouge is a brilliant film that is about Christian (Ewan McGregor), a man who sets out on his travels, and is captivated by the bright lights and sexy women at the Moulin Rouge in Paris. He makes friends with a group of strange Bohemians and their plan is to write a play for the star of the Moulin Rouge, Satine (Nicole Kidman), to take part in. But Satine and Christian end up falling in love much to the dismay of the evil Duke who wants Satine for himself. This is a musical film and a very exciting one too. The choreography and singing is all amazing and I never realised that Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor could sing like that as it's their own voices in every song. I have the album of all the songs at home and each one is so entertaining to listen and sing along to. Even the costumes are fantastic with huge billowing skirts and tight corsets for the women of the Moulin Rouge to wear and smart suits and top hats for the visiting and paying men. Baz Luhrmann is the director of this so it's obvious that the film is going to be very weird. It's over the top and very silly in places and totally unrealistic but that just makes it all the more fun and enjoyable to watch. The film isn't all full of fun and excitement though as a few serious storylines lie behind the drama and pretence of the Moulin Rouge. Christian and Satine have to hide their relationship as a woman of the night should not be dating anyone, the Duke is a nasty character and will do anything to get Satine, and all the time Satine is becoming more and more sick both with having to please nasty men and with a terrible illness. The end is very sad and leaves me in floods of tears every time I watch it but the run up to the end is just so good that nothing will stop me from watching this over and over again.
I loved this film. I have to admit I do not really like musicals but this isn't a traditional musical. Nicole Kidman is fabulous as the beautiful cortisan and singer Satine and Ewan McGregor is charming as an impoverished writer, Christian. Following a case of mistaken identity they fall in love and are forced to hide it. I won't say too much more as I don't want to spoil it! The film is romantic, dramatic and genuinely jaw dropping. The director Baz Luhrman is fantastic at creating such vivid colour and movement it almost seems like an animation. I was already a huge fan of his previous works, strictly ballroom and Romeo and Juliet. In addition to the visual delights, the music is fantastic. I think there is only one orignal song, 'come what may'. The rest of gthe music comes from adaptations of modern songs, including a truly unique rendition of Nivarna - Smells like teen spirit.
Arguably, this is the best film baz lurhmann has created so far. Cinematically the film is genius with shots and scenes which are incredible to watch. The costumes are also fantastic and the music used in the film is probably what makes it so entertaining for the audience and one of the aspects of the film which i enjoyed the most. However, what also makes this film so enjoyable to watch is the relationship between the two main characters played by nicole kidman and ewan mcgregor who really make you fall in love with the film. The rest of the cast in the film are fantastic which includes kylie minogue who plays a small part. This is honestly my favorite film and i would highly recommend that you watch it. However, i would recommend you watch this film a couple of times as each time you see it you notice something new that you didn't recognise before which is what keeps the magic alive.
Moulin Rouge is a 2001 musical film that was directed/ produced and written by Baz Luhrmann. The film is rated 12 due to one use of language, some moderate references to sex and mild violence and it is 122 minutes long. With a budget of $52,500,000, Moulin Rouge went on to make nearly $180 million worldwide. Plot It is 1899 and Christian moves to Paris in the Montmartre district with not much else but his typewriter. Christian meets a musical group lead by Toulouse who is trying to get noticed by writing a play for the owner of cabaret club, the Moulin Rouge. When Toulouse realises Christian's talent, he soon gets him on board to finished writing 'Spectacular Spectacular'. Christian must meet with a courtesan, Satine, the star of the Moulin Rouge in private to pitch his idea in private. On the same night, Zidler, the owner of the Moulin Rouge, has also arranged for Satine to meet with the wealthy Duke of Monroth in order to try and get financial backing to make the Moulin Rouge into a real theatre. Christian goes to meet Satine, unknowingly that she thinks he is the Duke. When the real Duke comes to see her, Christian, Satine, Zidler and the musical group must improvise by showing the Duke their ideas for Spectacular Spectacular. From their very first meeting, Christian and Satine have a connection but the Duke is also interested in her. As the weeks go on, Christian and Satine grow closer and must try and hide their love from the Duke who gets extremely jealous. Satine has to decide which man to give her love to but love is never easy. Cast Ewan McGregor - Christian Nicole Kidman - Satine John Leguizamo - Toulouse-Lautrec Jim Broadbent - Harold Zidler Richard Roxburgh - The Duke of Monroth Jacek Koman - The Narcoleptic Argentinean Kylie Minogue - The Green Fairy Garry McDonald - The Doctor Natalie Mendoza - China Doll David Wenham - Audrey Caroline O'Connor - Nini Legs-in-the-Air Kiruna Stamell - La Petite Princesse My Opinion What I absolutely love about this film is firstly that it is a musical and secondly that it is about a musical. I have never seem something so original and intricate as this film. What amazed me about the plot was that both the actual film and Spectacular Spectacular both have the same story line and the manage to run together at the same time. Musical genius. I'm not normally a big fan of Nicole Kidman but I loved her in this film. I thought she brought something truly magical to Satine's character and considering the theatricalness about the film, she managed to make her seem very real. This role was really made for Kidman who gives her character emotion and charm but at the same time, manages to make the audience feel sorry for her. There are times where Satine seems to change her personality so quickly that if you don't pay attention, you could miss something really important. I'm not even a really big fan of Ewan McGregor either so god knows what made me watch this film. Luckily, I was extremely surprised by the two main characters. McGregor plays the sweet and caring Christian who instantly falls in love with Satine. I felt really sorry for him for a lot of the film but for me that was a good thing. Christian could be really serious at times but through every moment, you could tell how much he loves Satine and would do anything for her and all I wanted was for the pair to be happy. I was slightly sceptical at first about the soundtrack to this film. I had no clue about the songs and I also didn't know if either Kidman or McGregor could actually sing. I was actually quite surprised that singers weren't cast instead of these two. Thank god they were both fantastic and both sing with their own voices instead of being made better in a studio. I loved most of the songs in the film, and seeing some famous ones covered was really interesting. The only song I completely hated was Roxanne which didn't seem fitting at all. The sets and the costumes are both something which really make this film special. Little details are paid attention to and you can tell how much effort has been put in. Some of the scenes are dirty and gritty but in a huge contrast we then get the Moulin Rouge which is filled with glamour and sparkle. The colour used throughout makes the film vibrant and fun and takes away a little bit of the sadness which is a big part of the story. I love this film, despite thinking I would hate it. One of my favourite musicals and I would recommend it to everyone.
I watched this film for the first time in ages the other day and had forgot how much I loved it. Moulin Rouge was originally released in 2001 so has been around quite a while now. It is directed and written by Baz Luhrmann , who has also directed films including Romeo and Juliet and Australia. The story of Moulin Rouge is based in Paris where a young man Christian (Ewen Mcgregor) has just moved to start a career as a writer. It is 1899 and he is living in the bohemian revolution. Christian soon finds himself accidently involved in a play that is being created called Spectacular Spectacular. He goes over to the Moulin Rouge to try and impress Satine (Nicole Kidman), who is the star and also a courtesan, so that the Mouline Rouge will hold the show. There is a bit of a mix up though as Satine is meant to be meeting a Duke to try and seduce him in order to get him to donate to the Moulin Rouge and keep it running. Satine gets the two men mixed up and ends up trying to seduce Christian until she realised the big mistake. The Duke (Richard Roxburgh) eventually gets to meet Satine and she realises what the mix up is and they all have to try and persuade the Duke that he should finance Spectacular Spectacular. Satine though has fell for Christian while she was talking to him and now doesn't know what to do! The Moulin Rouge is an all singing , all dancing production. The storyline is very dramatic and there are some quite serious undertones throughout despite the exciting and fun dance and singing scenes. The story is a really good one that keeps you on tenderhooks throughout wondering what will happen. I like the era it is set in and the location as well as it is all very dramatic. The romance throughout the story is one of my favourite within various chick flicks that I love. I think that you actually feel like it is quite real and you get involved with it. I feel this is helped by the singing as the songs they use really add to the atmosphere. Ewan Mcgregor and Nicole Kidman sing and act with a lot of conviction as well which makes it even more believable. There are also some comedy scenes which are quite funny. These often include the other bohemians including Toulouse (John Leguizamo) and also Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent) who is the owner of the Moulin Rouge. Harold has a particularly funny scene performed to 'Like a Virgin', which was one of my favourites. The whole style of the film is very Baz Luhrmann and if you have watched some of his other films you will pick up on this immediately. This style is quite strange and uses lots of different angles, shots and effects etc to make the film more dramatic. I think this does work and I love this style of film although some people may find it a bit odd. The acting in Moulin Rouge is brilliant. I think Ewan Mcgregor and Nicole Kidman play their roles very well. As I said earlier their romance story is very convincing and you feel for them both throughout the show. They both add a lot to the film and I am not sure it would have worked so well with another pair of actors. The other actors are also very good and it is all very believable. The music is a big part of this film. What I really like about the songs used is that a lot of the songs are actually famous songs that have been adapted in some way. These include songs like Roxanne, Like A Virgin and also the elephant love medley which is made up of a number of love songs. There are also some songs that have been made specifically for the film but are also very good. When I watch this film I often find myself singing along which makes it more than just a film and more of an experience. There is a good mix of fast and upbeat songs and slow songs, which are all used within the right scenes to add to the film. The dancing again is a big part of the film especially as it is based around a club of can can dancers. The dancing is all very dramatic and exciting, made even better by Baz Luhrmann's direction. The whole set and costumes for the film are amazing. They have obviously taken a lot of time to create these as every detail has been taken into account and it all looks fantastic together. Parts of the set like the elephant make it seem like the place they are in is enormous. Overall this is a brilliant film that keeps you entertained throughout. It has great acting and music and is one of my favourites. Moulin Rouge is rated a 12 so it is suitable for older children and adults. There are some scenes of violence and of a sexual nature. It can be purchased for around £4 now so is definitely a bargain.
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is how to love and be loved in return" This film is another notch on Baz Luhrmann's extensive movie bedpost... and it is one of his best. His take on classic songs by Bowie, Madonna and Nirvana (yes, I did say Nirvana!) fit in perfectly with the storyline, and along with the outstanding choreography, set and costume lifts this film to new heights in the musical world! Not only are the acting skills of Nicole and Ewen outstanding, but their voices impress beyond belief. Yes it is cheesy, and I challenge anyone to not be grabbing the tissue box by the end of the film, but that is what makes it the chick flick of the 21st century! The casting of characters is perfect and the cameos and supporting cast make this movie the standard it is, with quick quips and great one liners! You'll be quoting and singing this film repeatadly for coming weeks, and find it hard to sing the original songs without diversifying into the Moulin Rouge remix! With a collection of academy awards and golden globes on Baz's ever expanding shelf, this film is a classic.
"The Greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return" These are words which have been made legendary by this absolutely outstanding classic. According to me, Moulin Rouge is among the leading romantic dramas of all times! It is exuberant, outrageous, painfully tragic, romantic, musical and so, so colorful! Based on the opera La Traviata, the plot is set in Paris, 1899. A young writer meets and falls in love with a courtesan who lives in a popular cabaret, Le Moulin Rouge. What makes this musical exceptional is the amazing use of costumes and colors. The Producer certainly did not seem to have spared any expense in the use of costumes and one might even say that he went overboard. But if you ask me, the extravaganza only reflects the passion between Christian and Satine. Moreover, it is the same extravaganza which helped in turning this movie into such a brilliant success! There is absolutely nothing to say about the acting- it was just incredibly perfect! If you read my other reviews about DVD's you will see that I am very peculiar about acting and I expect things to be perfect. Well, the actors in this movie certainly did rise up to my expectations! Every single member of the cast, be it the leading actors, the Duke, Harold Zidler, the other courtesans, Toulouse, the bodyguard...every single member did an excellent job! You can see how the delivery pace, the facial expressions, the body languages, everything is, according to me, quite perfect. What I also loved about this movie was the contrast from happy, humorous moments to darker ones. I am also very peculiar about how a movie makes me feel, and this is a move which makes you laugh and cry at the same time. There are funny moments, romantic moments as well as some dark scenes. They all blend well together and at no point do you feel any dose of artificiality or forced action. I loved all the songs in the movie. The soundtrack includes great romantic and funny songs. My personal favorites are: One Day I'll Fly away, Come What May and Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend. Nicole Kidman sang many of the songs in the movie, including Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend. Believe it or not, I think she did a much better job than Marilyn Monroe with that song! Overall, I would say if you haven't watched that movie yet, you can consider it as one of the greatest mistake of your life! Get off the computer and go get that DVD! Thanks for reading!
Having first watched this film five years ago, I came across it in my film collection recently, and decided it was worth watching again. I remembered seriously enjoying the film when I first saw it, purchasing both the DVD and the soundtrack soon afterwards. Watching it again, it wasn't quite as amazing as I first remembered. It's bright, colourful and sassy in places, but some of its original charm seems to have gone. Saying that, if you haven't seen it I think it's worth watching. The storyline is memorable, the songs are fun although sometimes over the top, and as love stories go - it's not that bad! It's 1899, and Christian (Ewan McGregor) is a young writer which has moved to Paris to seek inspiration for his writing within the Bohemian culture. He somehow manages to get caught up with a crowd of artisans led by Toulouse-Lautrec, and ends up writing a play to be performed in the Moulin Rouge. Whilst working on the play, Christian falls in love with Satine (Nicole Kidman), a favourite of the Moulin Rouge and a very beautiful young woman, and eventually this love is returned. However, it is not that simple, as the Duke (Richard Roxburgh) is set to save the Moulin Rouge which is in financial ruin, and also has his heart set on the beautiful Satine. Everything in this film is extravagant, but beautiful. The costumes, make up and set are all amazing and add so much to the film. The combination of different songs to make a brand new masterpiece is interesting, and makes the film fun in places, as songs such as 'Elephant Love Medley' contain a large mixture of well known songs such as 'I Will Always Love You' and 'All You Need Is Love.' The movement throughout the film is wonderful also, with lots of clear choreography and dancing, it looks amazing and never fails to impress me. Both Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor are well suited in their parts, and look good together in the way they are presented. There are times when their characters are less believable than others, but overall it is a good performance from the both of them. The eccentric mix of characters makes the film interesting to watch, as all the characters are so different, it's fun to see how their lives intertwine. I've seen this film many times, and also have the soundtrack, and I never get sick of the songs. Although McGregor and Kidman's singing voices aren't perfect, there is something quite appealing about the slight imperfections both of their voices carry. McGregor presents Christian in a very sensitive way at times, and you find yourself pitying him in moments throughout the film, due to the complications he has to face. Kidman makes Satine shine, and the strengths and weaknesses of the character are very clear throughout the film. This film is visually stunning and definitely worth watching at least once. Saying that, if you don't like musicals, this really isn't the film for you! The ending is partially expected, but still a bit of a shock, and parts of the film will leave you on the edge of your seat for a while! So if enjoy musicals, and don't mind a bit of a weepy film, I would definitely recommend this to you!
I would say this is the best Love Story ever since Romeo and Juliet. I have watched this film at least 20 times and know all the lyrics to all the songs. Its just such an emotional film, and yet pure genious at the same time. Christian (Ewan Mcgregor) wants to write a novel about love, his favourite subject. But the only probablem was, he had never been in love.... So while he was thinking what to do, an unconscience argentinian fell through his roof, and that is when is amazing journey started. Many famous actors are in the film including, Kyle, Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Ozborn, and of course Ewan Mcgregor. There are many songs written by Elton John in this film including, "Your Song" which is sung extremely well by Ewan Mcgregor (Former Obi-Wan-Kanobi from star wars) This film is rated 12, because it has some sexual content in and the storyline may not be understandable to people below that age. This film is so romantic, you would think Romeo was a common bloke off the streets. With big love complications between Satine (Nicole Kidman) and Christian, they try all they can to keep there love secret from the Duke! The Duke is the villian in this film, as he try to rape Satine, and keep her forever, loosing his mind over it. The only problem is that without the Duke there is no play as he is funding it. Unfortunatly, Satine is slowly dying of consumption, which is a terrible disease which is unhealable. And so, on the night of the performance, everyone gets out there hankies and the film transforms you into an emotional wreck! This film is truely magnificant, and i really do recommend it to ANYONE, even if you dont like romance, this is still a MUST WATCH! Thankyou ever so much for taking your precious time to read my review, FLorian
Behind the red velvet curtain, the ultimate seduction of your senses is about to begin. Welcome to the Moulin Rouge! Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor star in this musical extravaganza from director Baz Luhrmann (William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, Strictly Ballroom). Enter a tantalizing world that celebrates truth, beauty, freedom and above all things, love.