For Feb 29th: Moulin Rouge!

Now that all of the scheduling issues of present are taken care of, I can begin once again to watch and write in earnest.

When I talk to people whose backgrounds are not in the fine or performing arts, I always have trouble convincing them of one thing.  That movies like Moulin Rouge or Memento aren’t that weird or hard to understand, and that films like The Dark Knight are not necessarily the apotheosis of gritty crime thrillers.  I’ve always wondered if the problem with trying to explain this is the classic “High-minded idealist” issue that has plagued artists since the invention of drawing, or whether it may be something else entirely.  I may write more on this later.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

A good idea and certainly a neat twist on the classic princess/pauper love story.  The only problem is that sometimes it gets a little mislead and hard to follow, at times hitting the brakes too hard.  However, the writing for individual scenes and characters is absolutely dynamite.

Acting: 2/2

Nicole Kidman is wonderful as the lead.  She is able to portray a woman torn between her newly found love, and her tortured loyalty to her theater.  Ewan McGregor is nice as the young lover, caught up in the Bohemian idealism he treasures. Leguizamo, Broadbent, and Roxburgh are all great in support.

Photography/Set: 2/2

Beautiful, colorful visuals captured perfectly.  The ballroom and theater scenes were my favorites because of this.  The sets were all very detailed and well-crafted, adding a touch of reality to the enormous spectacles available.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

Perfectly mastered audio adds the other half to the grandiose singing and dancing numbers.  Some of the green screen effects were a little choppy, but overall very well done for the time period.

Misc: 1.5/2

Filled with many bold ideas and colors in every area, but sometimes feels rushed and incomplete.

VERDICT: 8.5/10

A great watch for musical theater, dance, or romance fans.  Some pretty good comedy bits too.

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About svolkmer

Photographer. Filmmaker. Nice guy.
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