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Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Review of Moulin Rouge!

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.

Review of Moulin Rouge!

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.

Review of Moulin Rouge!

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.

  • Keith says:

    Very interesting that you reviewed this today. My review of it goes up in an hour or so but I had a much different reaction. Very nice review. Glad you enjoyed it.

    May 29, 2013 at 3:30 am
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, really a coincendence. Have read your thoughts on it Keith.

      May 29, 2013 at 8:10 am
  • Marilyn Armstrong says:

    Once I got past it not being about Toulouse-Lautrec, I liked it. But I actually expected a remake of the old movie about painters and Paris.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:33 am
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, it doesn’t offer that at all :)

      May 29, 2013 at 8:11 am
  • Mark Walker says:

    Two very conflicting reviews in the one day? I find myself somewhere in-between you and Keith. I wouldn’t give it top marks, Nostra but I did surprisingly enjoy it. It’s visual flair was definitely a big highlight. The film had a lot of style and then some.

    May 29, 2013 at 8:02 am
    • Nostra says:

      Mark, I previously watched it (years ago) and gave it an 8 back then, but rewatching it there really isn’t anything I did not like about it. I had a big smile throughout.

      May 29, 2013 at 8:10 am
  • Rodney says:

    Oh Oh Oh!! My favorite film ever!!! (Well, one of the top 3, at least). Absolutely blew me out the back of the cinema when I saw it back in 2001, and if you’ve not seen it on BluRay, it’s even better in HD!!! Great cast, terrific musical soundtrack and score, and some of the most amazing production design I’ve ever seen on a cinema screen!!

    Top score indeed!!!

    May 29, 2013 at 8:32 am
    • Nostra says:

      Nice to hear Rodney, it seems not everyone feels the same about it, but I loved watching it again, looking forward to specific parts. Have seen it on DVD but I can imagine it’s even brighter on BluRay.

      May 30, 2013 at 10:45 am
  • ckckred says:

    Nice review. I’m glad you enjoyed it, though my reaction was the polar opposite.

    May 29, 2013 at 10:51 am
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, it seems the opinions are mixed on this one.

      May 30, 2013 at 10:46 am
  • Victor says:

    I wasn’t the biggest fan of this one, but I understand why people like it.

    I do agree with you and the use of pop music. I particularly like their version of “Roxanne”.

    May 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, the rendition of Roxanne is a very haunting one!

      May 30, 2013 at 10:47 am
  • sati says:

    Awesome that you liked this one, it’s such a terrific movie. I’m not a big fan of McGregor in this one but everything else here is amazing. Kidman was just breathtaking.

    May 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Have to completely agree with you on this Sati!

      May 30, 2013 at 11:03 am
  • stacybuckeye says:

    Even my husband loved this one. The music is so haunting. I sang it for months :)

    June 1, 2013 at 2:48 am
    • Nostra says:

      I can imagine…I still think of it whenever I hear Madonna’s Like a Virgin…actually prefer this version ;)

      June 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm
  • Mark says:

    Agreed. I like musicals as much as any genre. This is one of the best of the past 15 years and also my favorite Baz Luhrmann film.

    June 3, 2013 at 12:18 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Having seen a couple of his movies I have to say it is also my favorite movies of his.

      June 3, 2013 at 1:15 pm

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