Moulin Rouge parties like it’s ninety-nine, 1899 that is.
As glorious as Moulin Rouge looks, it lacks in a lot of other departments. Moulin Rouge is based around the famed nightspot. It’ll remind you of lots of love stories of old, but this one has too much of an over-the-top soundtrack. You’ll hear such lovely tracks as “Like A Virgin”, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”, “Your Song” (Elton John, and even The Police’s “Roxanne”. It’s more timely than what we recently received in A Knight’s Tale, but not that timely. In fact, it dates this film more than any other element.
There is some good to this tale. Nicole Kidman gives a decent performance, but her sexiness will sell the film more than anything else does. Ewan McGregor pretty much acts Kidman off the screen. The uneven line between the two also throws off their chemistry. John Leguizamo plays Toulouse-Lautrec, and even though his performance is not fit for the Academy, you’ve got to give the guy a mention for walking around on his knees and whispering words in that accent.
Although you’ll come for the song and dance, you won’t leave impressed by them. Moulin Rouge has the eye candy you’ll tell your friends about, but at the same time you’ll tell them to save their bucks.
+ charlie craine