I’m not big on musicals, maybe the reason for it is the amount of Disney movies I’ve seen where they burst out singing, but I always have the feeling they are not for me. Still I do watch them occasionally and there are some which I do like. Singing in the Rain is a good example and so is this one, Moulin Rouge!. It is a movie I’ve had in my collection for years and felt like watching it again. In anticipation to the Great Gatsby I just had to see another movie by director Baz Luhrmann.
For those who don’t know the story, it’s about Christian (Ewan McGregor) who heads to Paris to start his career as a poet and who falls in love with a courtesan named Satine (Nicole Kidman) who is working at the Moulin Rouge. A duke is wanting to invest money into the establishment, but Satine mistakes Christian for the duke (who also wants to court her) and they will have to cover up their feelings as they are forced to work together under the watchful eye of the duke.
There are a couple of things which make this such a great movie. First of all it really is a visual feast. The sets are huge and beautiful and the costumes pop out of the screen. The Moulin Rouge really comes alive in this movie and you can understand why it is so well known and heavily visited. Secondly the music is awesome. It has taken various pop songs and mixed them together in unexpected ways. The movie also has a lot of humor, but also offers drama. It is just a joy to watch and I was happy to revisit it again.