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Friday, February 29, 2008

Friday Movie Review - Moulin Rouge

By popular demand, today's movie review is:


Directed By: Baz Luhrmann



"Moulin Rouge" is set in the Bohemian community of Paris, where the Can-Can is a new and scandalous dance, and philosophers, artists, and writers all congregate together in cafés and dancehouses, enriching the culture even as they embrace their impoverished "bohemian" lifestyle.

Against this backdrop arrives Christian (Ewan McGregor), a hopeful writer. Soon upon his arrival he meets Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo), the now famous artist, and his strange and exotic bohemian troupe. Sensing that Christian is a genius in the making, and noticing he is a handsome genius in the making, Toulouse and company hire Christian as their playwright and bring him to the Moulin Rouge, a wild and scandalous nightclub, to meet the beautiful star Satine (Nicole Kidman), and convince her to star in their play. Of course, once Christian sees Satine, he is smitten right away. Satine, on the other hand, mistakes him for the Duke she is supposed to seduce in order to get funding to make the Moulin Rouge into a legitimate theatre. At first she is happily surprised to find that the Duke is so young and handsome (if a bit shy), but after realizing her mistake she is distraught, realizing that she is now in love with Christian, but still obligated to seduce the Duke.

Eye Candy for the menbeans (Almost Dad)
Nicole Kidman as Satine

Christian and Satine engage in a clandestine love affair, and manage to keep the Duke at arms' length, while at the same time dangling him on the line for his patronage. However, soon we learn that Satine is fatally sick with consumption (now known as tuberculosis), and the Duke learns of the affair. Can there be a happy ending for Satine and Christian?


Eye Candy for the ladybeans (Mommy)

Ewan McGregor as Christian
"Moulin Rouge" is alive with color, movement, and sound. From the very first moment of the film, you know you are not watching your average movie. It is a truly unique work, incorporating the historic bohemian style with modern-day reworkings of classic rock music. Christian wins Satine's heart by singing Elton John's "Your Song," and later laments her coming assignation with the Duke to The Police's "Roxanne." Satine is introduced to us during her first performance, in which she sings "Diamond's Are a Girl's Best Friend." The clever use of music and color keeps a kitty's attention, and the humor and interesting cast of characters help keep an interest in what otherwise might have been a sordid and depressing tale. (Opera fans should note that the central romance between Satine and Christian is very much La Bohème.)


The Bohemian Life
I give "Moulin Rouge" two paws up. This film may not be to everykitty's taste, but even if you hate it, you have to admit that it is an unusual and creative work. I suggest that if you have not yet seen it, you should.
There you go, kitties! Happy Friday. Purrrs!

21 meows:

Daisy said...

We saw that one, and really enjoyed it. I loved the beautiful costumes, and the music.

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

We will have to check it out. I sounds a lot like A Knight's Story, where they used modern music in a period piece. Sort of strange, but it did work.

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

We loved the costumes and music, but the story sometimes gave mommy a chance to get another chance. even i watched the screen during the musical dance scenes. mommy thinks it is cause of the bright colors and movement (like my cat sitter video with Hollywood movie stars!)
I am with you for 2 paws up.

Icon Baxter Bentley said...

I will definitely have to check it out.
Thanks for writing such nice reviews.

Gandalf & Grayson said...

We have this one, and enjoyed it. Come to think of it, we haven't watched it in a very long time. Did it really come out in 2001? My goodness.

Queen Snickers and Empress said...

Momma saw it in the theater. She has the soundtrack. She liked it but said it is probable not for everyone, it is "artsy". She loved all the costumes and colors, like a moving painting. Great review! ~Queen Snickers

HRH Yao-Lin said...

moulin rouge is fantastic! great review as always - my huan loves the film so much, she sings the songs all the time. I can of course sing them better than her but it is hard to make her stop! x

PB & J said...

We liked that one too - lots of good songs to sing!

Samantha & Tigger said...

Tybalt, I have never seen that movie! Want to watch it with me!! And yes, I want to leap with you for leap year! Mom has the grandbabybean and the son and daughter-in-law!! Busy! Maybe I will come and visit you this weekend, while they are all here!
Purrrs from you Tuxie Princess,
Sam

Karen Jo said...

I like this movie so much that I bought it. I love the way that it mixes fantastical elements and realistic ones up so much that they blend together to make something really different and special.

Camie's Kitties said...

Mom hasn't seen that one yet. She will have to check it out. Hi Holly and Ivy.

Cody

Beau Beau & Angie said...

Nice review. Mom says he really is eye candy. Nice to see after a week of being sick - hee hee.

Scout said...

Great review! Mommy saw this and said she liked it bunchies!

DK & The Fluffies said...

The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return...

Chairman Mao said...

You're such an ecksellent moovie reviewer, Tybalt! It sounds like a furry kool moovie. I like moosic, efun if it isn't head bangin heavy metal (my favorite!).

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

Marilyn MonREOW said...

An excellent review for an excellent movie! We Ballicai really enjoy your reviews.

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn.

michico*Adan said...

Great review, Tybalt~!
Michico loves this movie very very much, she sings every songs of Ewan McGregor sings~!!!!!! She loves him so much~!!!

TT said...

I hasnt seen its but Mommy has, she said she enjoyeds it very much.

Christine and FAZ said...

My human say this was a particularly good movie because the director and the leading lady are both Australian (I think because she is Australian herself she wants to get some credit). FAZ

MoMo said...

We saw that and loved it. Great review, Tybalt! I give it 2 paws up too.

4 Boys and a Lady said...

Great review! This is one of Mom and Dad's favorite movies! They like to sing along to the soundtrack. *everyone rolls their eyes*