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Moulin Rouge back to product details

A movie of awesome badness
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written by RHorton January 7, 2004 - 5:56 PM PST
4 out of 9 members found this review helpful
Easliy one of the most annoying, pompus and fustian movies I have ever seen. Some films come into the world without great ambitions, and when they fail in them, it's in a moderate, temperate way. This bloated, horrid, shrieking, windbag of a film is otherwise. Pretension is writ large in every mocked-up Toulouse Lautrec characature set.

It was when Nicole and Ewan, the Belle Epoque left back sweeties, broke out for the third time with the chorus of Elton John's "Your Song" that I walked.

But interestingly, as I made my way, stomach heaving, from the theater, I found a napkin with handwriting upon it. I take it to be some ambitious young member of the MPAA's notes on the film, sribbled I presume while watching it. I offer it here as a curiousity:

"Huh? What? Look at that. Kidman is singing a Madonna song now... ummm... horrible... but, wait, the movie is set a hundred years ago. How can that be?
Oh, oh, I know!! The director is saying that the products of popular culture - like Madonna - speak to eternal sentiments of the human heart! I change my mind. It's not stupid -- it's clever! I love it!!!!"


How long can you suspend disbelief before it loses its grasp and crashes to the ground?
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written by spazgirl December 23, 2002 - 2:27 PM PST
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
This one was definitely not on my radar when it came out in the theater, and when we would see it in the video store, we would jokingly say that we could rent it and then we would laugh ironically like the jaded freaks we are. See, the only thing I knew about the film before I saw it was that (1) it starred Nicole Kidman (not a particular fave) and she sang throughout the movie, (2) it is a musical set in 1900 but uses modern music, and (3) people either loved it or hated it. I thought I was supposed to hate it, but I guess I was wrong.

Now, that doesn't mean that I loved it; I loved the first hour or so, but once the music and the pace stopped being frenetic and the plot turned to the major bummer part, I started to lose interest. In fact, I kept looking forward to Satine's death (this is not really a spoiler, as our charming narrator lets us know that she's going to die about 5 minutes into the movie) so that the whole thing could finally come to an end. The first hour is bright and energetic and saturated with intense colors; the second hour is dark and slow and pretty much drags its tired behind all the way to the closing credits. That said, there are some definite plusses that are totally enjoyable if you are willing to completely suspend disbelief (and keep suspending it and suspending it...) And here they are, in my humble opinion and in no particular order and definitely not inclusive of everything I thought about as I watched it: It's eye candy of the highest order; Ewan can *sing* and he's just adorable to watch; the production - from the sets to the costumes to the overall design - is incredible and extensive (watch the credits to see how many people were involved in this thing); it's cleverly crafted in many ways, including the use of song lyrics as dialogue that moves the plot forward and the blending of computer animation with regular film techniques (I'm not a techie, so I don't know the terms, but it's cool to see); and if you let yourself go, the dance scenes are a lot of fun.

A note from the other camp: the other half of "we" refused to set foot in the room when I was watching the film and the special features, and when he overheard "Lady Marmalade" for the umpteenth time or walked through the room and saw Ewan singing "Your Song" he rolled his eyes and made it perfectly clear that he thought I was nuts.


Guilty pleasure
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written by MSNmedia June 11, 2002 - 8:15 AM PDT
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
How cool is it to hear great arrangements of songs by the likes of Madonna, David Bowie and Nirvana in a setting around 1900. Gotta love that! (I sure did) It was great to try to identify all the snippets of songs in the film)

Also, Nicole Kidman was a total babe in this film, and it was really cool to watch Ewen McGregor sing and then watch him as Obi Wan. Can't imagine two more different roles, and yet he pulls them both off.

This was a cool film. Watch till the end. And then watch the credits.

interesting, but not a gotta see..
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written by laney May 20, 2002 - 6:01 PM PDT
2 out of 5 members found this review helpful
so i watched it after hearing all the hype about the movie and the award nominations. and must say that it did not meet my expectations. it was a visually appealing film, and some of the scenes were interesting, but the story line fell short, very short. recommendation: would watch it if i didn't have to pay for it.

If I had been in the theater, I would have asked for my money back...
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written by tracey2618 May 7, 2002 - 2:00 PM PDT
3 out of 8 members found this review helpful
But since I was at home, I only wasted 10 minutes of my life. I hoped it would get better, but I gave up. Watching Moulin Rouge was like staring at a strobe light. The background noise was so bad that even at high volume you couldn't hear the dialouge. Horrible. An assault to the eye and ear.

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