June 12, 2010

Moulin Rouge - 2001

Director: Baz Luhrmann
Writers: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh, John Leguizamo

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return." A young writer (McGregor) leaves London in 1899 to journey to Paris, getting swept up in the bohemian lifestyle. During his stay, he is tasked to write a play for Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (Leguizamo) and falls in love with a courtesan (Kidman) with acting aspirations.

After watching A Knight's Tale and being immediately turned off by its use of contemporary music, as well as Luhrmann's take on Romeo and Juliet set in modern day (yet everyone speaks Elizabethan English for...some reason), I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie. The music meshes with the plot surprisingly well, the costumes are as elaborate as you'd expect from a period piece, the cinematography is ridiculously good, and the cast delivers spectacular performances of a script that perfects the balance of comedy and drama. It deserves both the rank of #9 highest-grossing musical ever and the 77% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. I can't wait to see what Luhrmann does with his upcoming Great Gatsby adaptation.

1 comment:

  1. Please don't kill me...I actually didn't like Moulin Rouge too terribly much. But I will concede that most people agree with you.