Moulin Rouge

October 23, 2010 at 9:45 PM | Posted in !Film reviews! | Leave a comment

Moulin Rouge

Released: June 1, 2001
Running time: 128 minutes
Category: Romantic drama

With: Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh, John Leguiziamo, Jacek Koman, Kylie Minogue, Caroline O’Connor a.o.

In 1899, Christian moves to the Montmartre district of Paris. He encounters a musical troupe led by Toulouse that is developing a new play for Harold Zidler, owner of the Moulin Rouge. Christian’s writing helps the show, entitled “Spectacular Spectacular”, and Christian presents the work to its star courtesan, Satine, to win her favour. Zidler has arranged for Satine to spend the night with the wealthy Duke of Monroth who wishes to invest in the cabaret. Through miscommunication, Satine mistakes Christian for the Duke and begins seducing him. Satine falls in love with Christan after he manages to recite one of his poems. The Duke returns, finding Christian and Satine in a compromising position. Satine states that Christian is only rehearsing. They improvise a new plot with an evil maharajah attempting to woo an Indian courtesan who is in love with a poor sitar player. The Duke agrees to finance the show on the condition that he is the only one allowed to see Satine. As the troupe prepares for the show, Satine and Christian’s relationship becomes deeper, but then Satine becomes sick, she has consumption…

This can easily be one of the best movies I have ever seen in my life. It includes everything a good movie should: a very good and strong story, a laugh, a tear, wonderful acting, beautiful sets… I was totally swept away by the dancers of the Moulin Rouge, Satine’s outfits, her lovely singing voice, I felt the love between Christian and Satine. Everything was just so real to me, and this is only a movie!
When I first saw this film about five years ago, I immediately fell in love with it, and it’s not hard to do. The movie is full of songs, recognizeable ones (like the love medley Christian and Satine sing the night they fall in love with each other, it’s made up from songs like ‘Love Lifts Us Up Where We Belong’ and ‘I Will Always Love You’) and very theatrical ones, like the songs the cast sing when they finally perform “Spectacular Spectacular”.
The story isn’t difficult, some scenes were actually very enjoyable and funny (like when Christian, Satine, Zidler and Toulouse improve the script for the show right in front of the Duke), but I aaaaalways have to cry at the very end, when everything seems to have come to a good ending. Christian and Satine are finally together without the Duke interferring ever again, the show is a great succes… But then suddenly Satine succumbs to her illness, she starts coughing up blood and she makes her final promises to Christian. When she says ‘Tell our story…’ I start crying like a little baby. It’s just so moving, I can’t help it! And when she dies in his arms… Omg, you can sweep me off the floor. A sad ending to a veeery strong movie…



5 stars


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