Moulin Rouge!

Published July 6, 2019

Moulin Rouge!

Film info

  • Title Moulin Rouge!
  • Director Baz Luhrmann
  • Year 2001
  • Run time 2hrs 8m
  • Genres Romance, Drama
  • Tagline No laws. No limits. One rule. Never fall in love

Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, Jim Broadbent and John Lequizamo head an internationally renowned cast in this musical extravaganza. Baz Luhrmann's sensual reinvention of the movie musical was nominated for 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture. Set in a Paris nightclub that caters to society's decadent elite, the exhilarating Moulin Rouge follows the story of the ill-fated love affair between a stunning courtesan (Kidman) and a struggling young writer (McGregor).

Live blog

Time Comment
1:17 Do conductors get that into it they kick along with the can-can?
5:20 “On the hill near Paris..” Is there a hill near Paris??
5:20 Oh god, Baz’s stylings are to die for.
8:55 “Nothing funny, I just like talent.”
10:24 The perfect plan never includes absinthe.
10:54 Kylie Tinkerbell, why not.
21:00 They are still mixing in Nirvana, to god knows how many songs.
26:14 “It’s quite modern what I do…” Terrifying sentence.
42:37 Never thought about words to the can can song before.
50:11 For ages I’ve been like, I don’t get this but actually I do. It’s our late night slightly tipsy YouTube music video trawls.
58:12 The foreshadowing and stuff on this is starting to stress me out.
1:02:35 Way to ruin Madonna for everyone ever.
1:13:08 “I don’t like this ending.” Oh dude, we need to have a chat.
1:20:10 Bit of Strictly, bit of Addams family… who knows.
1:29:41 The doctor told them all but not her? Seems unethical.
1:38:21 Can’t believe that’s the same guy as R&J. Madness.
1:48:36 My song knowledge needs more work, tbh.
1:57:13 I did know that consumption was TB though, so that’s something.
1:58:15 That windmill seems to spin the same speed whatever the weather.


So look, we may not have been exactly in the right frame of mind to start watching another film - it was late, we had been drinking. But this was so not good. I love Baz Luhrmann’s work, so arty, so well-crafted, so fitting with strong music that gives you a sensory overload sort of vibe and really sucks you in.

The trouble with this is, I didn’t find the story particularly interesting. It didn’t grab me at all and then I didn’t think it sustained a full two hour’s worth. The songs were good and the cast amazing but somehow all the individual pieces didn’t come together to make a coherent work.

I’m disappointed because I love a good musical, it’s just that this wasn’t one.

Rating: 1 / 5

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