Moulin Rouge! (2001)
A celebration of love and creative inspiration takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp of the 20th century. A young poet, who is plunged into the heady world of Moulin Rouge, begins a passionate affair with the club's most notorious and beautiful star.
Perfect cast and a good story
It's complicated... I really like the directing, acting and writing but, there are issues with the way it's shot that I just can't deny. As much as I love the storytelling and the fantastic performance but, there are also certain scenes that didn't need to exist.
It was OK. I don't see why everyone loves it so much. It wasn't very smart or deep or well-directed.
While it is a pity that the story wasn't told with more visual finesse, this is trivial compared to our real-world problems. It takes a good movie to put that into perspective.
I have seen this lousy apology for a cinematic-suicide only because I thought it's about hookers who sleep with half the city because they going to be on the breadline. Instead, I was punished with the story of two lovebirds who are too stupid to communicate with each other. They stold two hours of my life with a story that is more holey than a Swiss cheese, stinks more than an old mold cheese left for 3 weeks on the heater and pictures that were filmed so strange that it feels like someone would spank me with Picasso's. The costumes and sets are really beautiful, but you have no way to enjoy them, because the pseudo art-house style that penetrates the movie from all sides makes it absolutely horrible.I like all the actors and that makes it even worse because it feels like your best friend spit in your face again and again. I hate this movie from beginning to end with every cell of my body. It's most likely made from the fires of hell was torturing me and the sooner I manage to forget that musical puke the faster I move towards to inner peace.
Another reviewer on IMDb describes the picture as a musical for people who don't like musicals. I think I can say that pretty much sums it up for me. I found the movie to be colorful, clever, whimsical, absurd, bawdy and ultimately triumphant. What I wasn't expecting following an introduction of a 1900 Paris setting was the overly anachronistic use of song snippets from a vast array of sources ranging from 'The Sound of Music' to the Beatles, Madonna, Elton John, and U2, with an homage of sorts thrown in to Bowie's Diamond Dogs. It all works to add up to an entertaining couple of hours marked by an explosive use of color that's simply dazzling. If you need to know about the story, it's all about freedom, beauty, truth and love, emphasis on love with an accent provided by entrepreneur Zidler (Jim Broadbent) punching out The Duke (Richard Roxburgh). Prepare to be surprised by actors who can sing, as Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman handle their tunes skillfully as star crossed lovers coming to terms with impending disaster. I'd say more but other reviewers have done so more competently. I'm just surprised by how much I liked this picture, and if you're of a similar frame of mind, I'd offer the advice of the showman ringmaster who said at one point - "...if you can hunk-hunk, you can hunkadoodle with them". I couldn't have said it better.
Words to describe this movie; happy, tragic, fun, surprise, beauty, song, love! If you're looking for a movie that you can't take your eyes off of, this is it! "Do you believe in truth, beauty, freedom, love?" "Above all things I believe in love." ~ Quotes from Toulouse and Christian.Treat yourself and someone you love to a night in with this powerful love story!
This is a movie that i can't quite put my finger on, but over thinking about it, i relized that it was ok, but a guilty pleasure. there are some good preformances like Christain and Zidler's preformances weren't bad, but there are scenes with Satine doing an insane routine to seduce the duke, and then there's the duke yelling "I JUST DON"T LIKE OTHER PEOPLE TOUCHING MY THINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" kind of makes you wonder whether or not this was a comedy. the paing is also bad, but the pathos, sets and some laughably bad scenes were good. but theres still some plot holes like why not just tell the duke she's dying? and the songs were hit or miss. all in all, you can see it, but man, those flaws are noticable, and so are the pros