The artistic vengeance, which Baz Luhrmann strikes into the minds of viewers, is like an overdose of renaissance speed. The basic story line has been used dozens of times throughout cinematic history (poor man falls for woman, rich powerful man does the same and plans to kill the poor man, a play that everyone is creating has "true tragedy" written all over itís opening night Playbill). Aside from the stereotypical love story plot and theme of "The show must go on", the characters that Luhrmann assembled are so rich and talented that they have created a striking film that is revolutionary in itís own right. Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, and John Leguizamo are beyond phenomenal in their respective roles as "talented writer", "gorgeous vixen", and "absinthe swallowing bohemian midget."
Set in Paris in 1900, Luhrmann quickly introduces a tarnished town of despair and anguish that was not always this way. Quickly flashing back to a year earlier (1899) we are introduced to the luscious world of the Moulin Rouge (dance club / bordello / Parisian "hot spot"). We immediately fall victim to a tongue in cheek parody of modern day songs (Like A Virgin, All You Need Is Love) which the stars continue to make reference to and cover throughout the film. The singing, dancing, and song choices were stunning and despite first thought, they were pulled off to perfection.
This film was filled with laughter, tragedy, and super fantastic choreography, which should land Luhrmann and crew an Oscar nod for "most creative picture".
From the opening to the closing credits, Baz Luhrmann makes it crystal clear that you and the rest of the audience are part of something special. The luminary grain and quick zoom shots help amplify this gorgeous piece of work. The color and stylistic choices were astounding, the comedy is small but powerful, and all of the characters are embraced and cared for. Go see this film.
Source: Jason Anfinsen