Thursday, July 4, 2013
Anyway, after hearing so many people gushing over Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!, I decided to give it a shot. (I am also a fan of stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, so that also convinced me to see it.) Was I satisfied with the film? For the most part. My opinion of the entire film? Read on.
Knowing Luhrmann's distinct style, I went into Moulin Rouge! fully aware that it'll be a very lavish film. And boy, was it ever. You can certainly see that every cent of its budget was well spent. That said, it is a bit too excessive. (Another blogger said this to me on Twitter: "Haven't see The Great Gatsby yet then huh?")
It's common for musicals to have original songs but apart from one song, Moulin Rouge! relies on a soundtrack of contemporary music. (Feels weird for a film set in 1899 France.) In a way, it shows how wild the bohemian lifestyle was back then. (It also has a rather...amusing rendition of "Like A Virgin".) An interesting variation of the standard musical, that's for sure.
Anyway, Moulin Rouge! is a very vibrant and wild musical. Thanks to the work from Kidman and McGregor (who really should have been nominated), it's also a very lovely romance. If you're a romantic sap like me (or just like very lavish films), then you'll love Moulin Rouge!
My Rating: ****1/2