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on 9 March 2002
In his commentaries, Baz Luhrmann is at great pains to justify every trick, gimmick and extravagance in terms of its service to The Story.
It's a pity then, that in this regard, what seems to have escaped his attention is the script itself. The slender plot could well have done with some of the savage editing applied so ruthlessly to the dance routines, and would have been better served by a running time closer to 80 minutes.
He also goofs by opening with the ending. He has a justification for this too, but it doesn't explain away the fact that it makes the story struggle to engage the audience who then see the simple mechanics of the plot laid bare. If you're going to take away with one hand the audience's anticipation of the ending, you have to offer them something interesting in return with the other, and he simply doesn't.
What he does offer us is a visual feast. From the conductor standing in front of the Fox logo at the beginning, Moulin Rouge remains one of the most inventive and beautiful films ever made. It's impossible to take it all in at one sitting, and while some of his visual conceits work better than others, the sheer quantity of imaginative touches is breathtaking. This results in some real highs: the danceadelic introduction of the Moulin Rouge itself provides an astonishing adrenaline rush, and the rooftop 'Your Song' really flies with old-style musical romance.
But elsewhere, and at the crucial points, it all kind of gets in the way. We are constantly reminded-- and frequently for no very good reason-- that we are watching a film (see the gun clanking against the miniature Eiffel Tower). Ultimately, the film's cleverness, anachronisms, self-consciousness and eagerness to please have a distancing effect, holding the audience at arm's length outside the story while desperately trying to draw it in for its sentimental coda.
Moulin Rouge is half the experience it should have been, but the half that works is more than worth the asking price.
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on 5 January 2004
Synopsis: A young and impressionable writer Christian (Mcgregor) visits Paris to absorb the culture and the bohemian revolution at the turn of the 20th century. He meets and agrees to write a play for a small group of amateur actors, which is to be performed at the popular 'Moulin Rouge' theatre. The main attraction Satine (Kidman) agrees to play the starring role. An English Duke provides the funding for the play, but he hides his intention of seducing Satine. Christian and Satine become closer and try to disguise their relationship from the Duke.
Script: Is packed full of light hearted humour and is well constructed. The plot may be slightly uninspired - but all other aspects of the film more than make up for it.
Acting: All of the cast deliver a convincing and enjoyable performance - particularly Jim Broadbent.
Direction: The custumes and set designs are spectacular, colourful and vibrant. The camera work is dynamic and action packed (akin to modern day music videos). This is coupled with a thumping soundtrack which includes adaptations and medley's of Elton John's 'Your Song', David Bowie's 'Heroes' and of course the cover version of 'Lady Marmalade'.
DVD: Picture format is letterbox and gives you the choice of Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks. Disc 2 contains around six hours of extras, also boasting a multitude of easter eggs.
If you are reluctant to try this film after only seeing the trailers, I urge you to go for broke and at least rent it. I myself am not the biggest fan of musicals, but I was pleasantly surprised by how good 'Moulin Rouge' was.
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on 30 September 2013
I have to write twenty words of jibberish.. so Amazon get more taxes paid in the Uk. !

Why should the rest of the taxpayers subsidise you?
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on 1 February 2016
Outstanding film
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on 10 June 2015
Best film ever!!
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on 15 December 2014
excellent thanks
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on 3 June 2016
love this film!
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on 31 May 2015
Excellent film.
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on 14 November 2014
Love the movie!
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on 29 October 2002
Sometimes films are there to be enjoyed as pure escapism, no need for analysis, no need for great depth. Moulin Rouge is a joy to watch simply as a magical experience, a true movie spectacle. This was my favourite film of the year when I watched it at the cinema, and the first time in a long time that I came out of the theatre with a real "wow" feeling.
So why only two stars then?
Moulin Rouge is a film designed to be an EVENT. The whole movie cries out to be watched in a cinema, with the screen taking up your whole view, and the sound blasting at you from all sides. Watched on the small screen, almost everything that makes this movie great are lost. Maybe it's different if you've got a 50" plasma screen TV with a ridiculously expensive sound system, but even that can't really compete with a full cinematic experience. The things that make movies great to watch at home are not what makes Moulin Rouge great to watch. More than any other movie over the past decade or more, it succeeded for me in creating a magical world, and a real feeling of awe of the power of cinema. Not the power of special effects - any movie with a budget can hire someone like Industrial Light & Magic - but the power to create wonder.
It just doesn't work outside the theatre.
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