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Moulin Rouge! (DVD)
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Moulin Rouge! (DVD)
Date: 15/10/01, updated on 15/10/01 (33 review reads)
Advantages: Brilliantly Directed, Humouress
Disadvantages: Ewan's accent coud have been better
Moulin Rouge has to be one of the most original and moving films I've ever seen. The reason I went to see it was because American Pie 2 was sold out, pretty gutted, we settled for Moulin Rouge -highly acclaimed, but, as a musical, not really my scene.
Directed by Baz Luhrman; Moulin Rouge tells the story of a young English man from London who lives in Paris, Christian (Ewan MacGregor) is looking back on the last year he has spent in the city of love and is telling us his story. It begins when he first arrived in Paris and decided to make his way to a small village with a bad reputation. The center of attention in this village is the Moulin Rouge - a nightclub owned by Harry Zidler and employing many beautiful dancers. It starts with an unconscious Austrian falling through his ceiling, leading to the meeting with his new neighbours. Toulouse and his friends are writing a play but are to be honest; terrible at writing. When they hear Christian's talent for writing, they immediately employ him to bet their new writer.
The Moulin Rouge is where they want their play to be shown, so they take Christian there. The first scene inside the Moulin Rouge absolutely amazed me, the music and dancing was spectacular and from then on I was engrossed.
Men falling at her feet, drooling over her, wonderful actress and singer; this is Nicole Kidman's fabulous role as Moulin Rouge's 'Sparkling Diamond', Satine. She mistakes Christian for a much wealthier Duke, who Harry wants her to seduce. Although she finds out he is only a penniless writer, she cannot keep herself from falling in love with Christian.
Moulin Rouge is a tragic love story, beautifully written and sang. I thought Nicole Kidman was fantastic in her role as Satine, she has a beautiful singing voice, although she claimed on Parkinson she cannot sing; only in character can she sing. I thought Ewan MacGregor had a fantastic voice also, h
owever I thought he could have been better. Every scene was new and exciting, I was amazed at the cleverly written music.
The film is filled with humour. Toulouse is by far the funniest character, especially at the end when he works out what is happening between Satine and Christian but cannot get down to tell them as he has got stuck in the rafters of the theatre, in full costume. I also found one of the most amusing scenes was the Duke and Harry Zidler's rendition of Madonna's Like a Virgin, and I found myself laughing out loud the whole way through.
Not only did I laugh, I was reduced to tears by the moving last scene. I had to give Ewan MacGregor credit for his beautiful acting in this scene as his performance made me really want to sob and wail, although, being in the cinema I could only let the tears fall silently down my face.
A completely original and moving film, I recommend it to everyone with a heart.