Movie Stats & Links
||Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor,
||The girls will like it.
||She'll drag you along because you
made her see "The Animal."
||Skimpy outfits and talk.
||There are some quality innuendos.
||The whole movie's a spectacle.
||Actually too many to mention.
||Martin Brown, Baz Luhrmann, Fred
The beer-swilling, pizza-eating, enjoy watching
wrestling sometimes kind of guy says I shouldnít have liked
"Moulin Rouge." I guess the "likes the theater, can
appreciate a good musical, likes a good love-story sometimes kind of
guy" got the best of me because even though "Moulin Rouge"
wonít qualify as the feel-good movie of the year, I did come away
happy I spent my few bucks to see it.
A Movie Review
The story is a little wacky. First off youíve got Satine
(Nicole Kidman). Sheís what they call a courtesan, which in
simpler terms sheís kind of a cross between an entertainer and a
prostitute. She sings, she dances, and then sheís supposed to
sleep with The Duke (Richard Roxburgh) to get financing so Zidler
(Jim Broadbent), the leader of the Moulin Rouge stageshow folk, can
put on the yet to be written musical called "Spectacular
Spectacular." Enter Christian (Ewan McGregor). Heís a writer
and a poet and gets wrapped up into the stageshow folk when they
realize he has a keen pen for writing about truth, beauty, freedom,
and most importantly for them, love. So, Satine is supposed to be
meeting and jazzing The Duke when signals get crossed and Christian
ends up in her bedroom. Sheís expecting sex, Christian spouts
lyrics to Elton Johnís "Your Song," and they fall in
love. The problem is that The Duke still thinks heís gonna get
some, Satine doesnít want to give any, and while The Duke is about
ready to dispose of Christian, well, with the help of Zigler and
some of the stageshow folk, they put on a little song and dance
routine outlining for The Duke what the musical will be even though
it hasnít been written yet. Zigler signs over Moulin Rouge as well
as Satine to The Duke if heíll front the money for the musical,
while The Duke eagerly awaits opening night when Satine is supposed
to finally sleep with him.
The rest of the movie deals mostly with Satine and Christian
getting in on, developing a musical that parallels their ongoing
romance, but there is a problem Ė The Duke is getting anxious,
starts to think Satine is cheating on him, and eventually the shit
hits the fan when The Duke finally figures out what is going on.
What is a Duke to do except tell Zigler the moneyís gonna be gone
and Christian will die unless Satine dumps the dude, and what is
Satine to do when she learns of Christianís fate? Well, those
things are pretty obvious, as is the almost end of movie, with the
actual ending of the movie even more obvious although I wonít
spoil it here.
Some words of warning, namely that "Moulin Rouge" is a
musical, through and through. People sing what they want to say,
they dance around, but the pace for this musical is actually pretty
fast as they use quick cutaways and lots of motion to keep things
moving along. And dudes, itís a love story, through and through,
so donít expect a dude-payoff like the Germans coming through and
blowing up Paris. Itís a movie that can easily be adapted for the
stage, and whatís a little goofy, even though it works really
well, is they use a lot of pop songs adapted as grand musical
numbers. Christian starts speaking the lyrics of "Your
Song" to Satine like they are poetry, eventually shifting into
song, Zigler does the same, re-wording Madonnaís "Like A
Virgin" to appropriately fit the context of his explaining to
The Duke that the reason Satine wonít be hooking up with him is
because she is cleansing herself so that for The Duke, well, sheíll
be "Like a Virgin", all shiny and new. You also get some
Beatles as well as a grandiose version of The Policeís
"Roxanne" to name a few others. Sometimes itís like a
guessing game as most of the time they speak the lyrics before
breaking into song, which left me working to guess the song before
they hit the chorus, and sometimes it just seemed really hokey,
especially the "love" medley as Christian tried to
convince Satine that "I will always love you," "Love
is all you need," and well, nearly every identifiable lyric
with the word "love" in it. Yet as hokey as it was, it was
good for a chuckle.
So, the manly-man in me wants to give "Moulin Rouge" 1
star only because Nicole Kidman wore a lot of skimpy outfits, but as
someone who enjoys just about all music, can appreciate a good
musical, and likes the remake of "Lady Marmalade" by
Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya, and Liíl Kim, well, Iíve got to
give "Moulin Rouge" 4 Ĺ stars out of 5. God Iím such a
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!