Mar 152012
 

Director: Baz Lehrman

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 127m

Release Date: June 1, 2001

Genre: Musical, Romantic Comedy

Cast: Satine(Nicole Kidman),Christian(Ewan McGregor), Harold Zidler(Jim Broadbent), The Duke(Richard Roxburgh), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec(John Leguizamo)

Synopsis: Full of great mash-ups of popular songs, this musical begins as a young writer named Christian (Ewan McGregor) travels to Paris in 1900 to become a better writer and live among the bohemians. He meets Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo), and several other colorful bohemian artists that are working on a musical called Spectacular Specacular!.

Christian helps them finish writing the show and they arrange for Christian to present it to Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent) the owner of the notorious Moulin Rouge cabaret. Once there, he is completely smitten by Satine (Nicole Kidman), the club’s star dancer and courtesan. In a case of mistaken identity, Christian thinks he is invited into Satine’s room to convince her to pick his show for their next performance, but she thinks that Christian is the wealthy duke that might invest in the cabaret.

The Duke(Richard Roxburgh) shows up and through quick thinking and some singing Christian and his friends convince the Duke to finance their musical and have Satine as the lead in exchange for dating Satine. Even though Christian and Santine have fallen in love, she must pretend to like the Duke.  If the Duke found out, the funding for the show would disappear and Christian’s life would be in danger.

The situation gets crazier and crazier until the film culminates in a breathtaking showdown during the first performance of the musical.

Analysis:  I really like this move. The film’s melodramatic style  sacrifices a logical plot to instead invoke strong feelings in the viewer and the characters are one-dimensional, but the imagery and songs are really moving.  There is a heavy use of CGI  to recreate Paris and Moulin Rogue from 1900, and the writers put together some  great mash-ups of popular songs.

Pro:

  • Introduction to the Moulin Rouge in beginning featuring many songs including “Smells like Teen Spirit” and “Lady Marmalade”.
  • Famous artist, professional drinker and strange fellow, Toulouse-Lautrec!
  • Stage show at the end is Spectacular Spectacular!
  • Wonderfully creepy rendition of Madonna’s song “Like A Virgin”.
  • Green Fairy- great cameo by Kylie Minogue and combined with a scream by Ozzy Osbourne

Con:

  • Slightly disjointed transitions between scenes.
  • Sometimes it was hard to follow the action because too many things were happening at once.

ConclusionThe film isn’t going to change anyone’s life, but it is entertaining and has some very catchy songs! I recommend watching it, but expect to get a few of the songs stuck in your head.

 

Frank’s Ratings

(1-5)

Characters 2
Story 2
Special Effects 4
Would Watch Again? 4
Average 3

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