Moulin Rouge

Rated PG-13, 135 min. Directed by Baz Luhrmann., Starring Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent and Richard Roxburgh.

Despite the film's rabidly excessive stylistics (or perhaps because of them), Moulin Rouge eventually sucks you in with its own brand of willful illogic and breathtaking visuals. Set in the fairy-tale Bohemia of turn-of-the-century Paris, Christian (McGregor), a penniless poet, falls madly in love with Satine (Kidman), the nightclub's star performer, a chanteuse-cum-courtesan who has a heart of gold and is an incipient consumptive. Moulin Rouge's music -- a combination of restructured modern pop tunes manhandled into clever new forms -- is only half the wonder. McGregor and Kidman, he arresting, she luminous, sing their own songs and do so surpassingly well. Luhrmann's film takes True Love very seriously, and though the film itself is hardly what I'd call serious fare, it's so enamored with the very idea of Love that only the rockiest heart could fail to crack under what amounts to one long, sustained massive musical air strike. Read a full review of Moulin Rouge.
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