Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Christian (Ewan McGregor) is a young, idealistic English writer who has journeyed to Paris to be part of the Bohemian revolution which encompasses everything he believes in, especially love. As Christian writes quietly in his humble apartment near the lively and tempting Moulin Rouge he meets with a group of Bohemian revolutionist who are in the midst of writing a play for the Moulin Rouge. When they learn that Christian is a writer they recruit him to write for them. It is up to Christian to convince the jewel of the Moulin Rouge, Satine (Nicole Kidman), to let him write the play that will make her star. Meanwhile Satine is set to woo a Duke (Richard Roxburgh) who will fund the little venture if she submits herself to him. Everything is going as planned until Satine falls in love with Christian. They must hide their love from the Duke or all will be lost. But something worse will separate Satine and Christian and their love than the Duke, they just don’t know it yet. Also starring John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Garry McDonald, Jacek Koman, Matthew Whittet, Kerry Walker, David Wenham, Kylie Minogue.
Moulin Rouge! is a feast for the senses. A tale of love found and love lost, Moulin Rouge offers its viewers a luxiorious and fanciful journey that was in itself new and innovative. I dare say I can’t name any other film out there to match Moulin Rouge. It is gritty yet beautiful at the same time. The music is haunting and draws from many classic songs we all know so therefore can relate to. More importantly Moulin Rouge and its cast don’t take themselves too seriously. They know they are making a farce of sorts but that underneath it all is a true love story that we can all appreciate if not enjoy. Women will all love this film no matter what. Men will either appreciate it or hate but likely not love it, although seeing scantily clad women dancing around is a perk for them for sure. I enjoyed Moulin for its music and strange style. I don’t love it cause sometimes I think it gets too carried away with itself and the ending tends to drag a bit especially since you know what is coming, I mean they pretty much tell you at the start. But the great thing about this movie is its ability to traverse time and hold up no matter the changes in Hollywood and the world, because like they tell you in the movie, love trumps it all.
8/10 Stars – “Come what may, I will love you till my dying day!”
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