Worth A Look: 11.73%
Pretty Bad: 8.08%
Total Crap: 16.3%
18 reviews, 659 user ratings
by Steve in Prague
Without a doubt the greatest motion picture ever made. I am NOT kidding, it does NOT get any better than this...I know I will take a lot of flack for this..people here (and others) will snicker and laugh at my statement..but I stand by it, Moulin Rouge! is the BEST GODDAMN FUCKING MOVIE EVER MADE and if don't agree with me you can go throw yourself off Charles Bridge.
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn..is to love..and be loved..in return"
I will set up the plot quickly: Christian (McGregor) comes to Paris to write (it is 1899). He quickly gets caught up in the Bohemian Revolution, getting swept into a stage show under-construction called "Spectacular Spectacular" by none other than Toulesse LaTreac (Lequizomo). The key to staging their show: Satine (Kidman) the Moulin Rouge courtesean who must seduce the Duke (Roxburgh who I SWEAR is really Gary Oldman)at the behest of the Moulin Rouge owner/manager Harold Zeidler (Broadbent, in an Oscar deserving performance).
Unfortunately, Satine has consumption, and is dying..unknown to Christian or the Duke. Of course, Christian and Satine fall madly in love and the whole survival of the Moulin Rouge is threatened.
Along the way we are treated to countless eye popping, sensory defying musical numbers and surreal images of Paris that cannot be described. The LOOK of this movie is like nothing ever before filmed. EVERY detail, from the dust on the streets to the Parisian skyline. is lovingly depicted in a surreal quasi-paper mache style that could only have come from a brilliant genius or a stark raving madman.
The dance numbers defy gravity, the amount of choreography in this film is simply staggering. The two big standouts (from a dance point of view) are the opening "Smells like teen spirit/Moulin Rouge re-mix" and the "Roxanne/Buenos Aries bordello" number towards the end. From a dance point of view, they are simply perfect.
The music..where else can "Smells like teen spirit" be PERFECTLY incorporated into a 1900 Paris dance hall? Classic songs from KISS, U2, Elton John, Madonna take on new life and never before thought of meaning. The stringing together of multiple love songs that Christian sings to Satine while on the Paris rooftops is a master stroke.
The sets, the costumes, the artistry are all Oscar deserving. There hasn't been such a spectacle since...since..well since I dont know what but it sure as shit has been a long ass time.
The acting is on cue. Nicole Kidman, perhaps one of the worst actresses who has ever lived, SOMEHOW channels Sandra Bernhard's ghost and delivers a performance that will become a benchmark. Ewan McGregor goes from shy naive poet to full blown warrior for love in such a subtle way that when he does reveal his power it takes you by complete surprise. And James Broadbent as Harold Ziedler almost steals a movie that cannot be stolen. I admit, i have never heard of this old fat man as an actor before, but goddamn does he tear the house down.
There is a point in Moulin Rouge! that makes it the best movie ever made. It is a clear, definite moment when the film steps out of the box and touches your life and makes you FEEL for these characters as if they were your own family. It is a moment of such subtle beauty, and passes by so quietly that you dont realize what just happened till after it is over, and then you realize what you are watching is perfection..........
Christian is hiding in satine's dressing room. he has just serenaded "Your Song" to her but the Duke has stormed in. He cannot be caught with Satine or it will destroy everything. In an effort to save him and the show, Satine serenades "Your Song" to the Duke. As Christian sneaks out behind the Duke's back, Satine sings the line "..how wonderful life is.." while staring intently into the Duke's eyes..but in the instant she sings, softly, the words "...now you're in the world.." her eyes, divert, just for a fraction of a second, into Christians..and in that fraction of a second her face shows us what we already know but what she couldnt admit until that moment..that she loves him, and always will.
I've seen this movie 4 times, and EACH time that scene happens at least one person in the theatre said outloud.." thank god she looked at him".
This movie is a triumph.it deserves EVERY Oscar it is eligible to be nominated for..and if it doesn't win them all, the Hollywood REALLY does suck ass.....
I wish i could find a love as pure as seen in this film, I would die for it."..How wonderful life is...now that this movie is in the world..."
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originally posted: 11/21/01 21:48:27
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