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January 04, 2003

Moulin Rouge!

We watched a recording of the recent musical Moulin Rouge! I enjoyed the movie in the theater and was glad that I could see it again. It was just as good as I remembered, though I had forgotten how disconcertingly disjointed the beginning of the movie is.

I have to admit that I am probably just as guilty as anyone else of being prone to nostalgia. The only difference is that I can only be nostalgic for things from the last 20-30 years. I think this is one of the reasons I liked the film so much. The integration of songs that I was familiar with into this plot was great. I still chuckle about the use of Madonna's Like a Virgin and I have always liked the Police classic Roxanne.

I liked the performances given by all, but I think my favorite was Ewan McGregor's. Normally, I prefer female singers, but I thought that his voice was just about perfect for the role, no matter how many digital manipulations it may have gone through.

In case you are unfamiliar with this film it is worth noting that this is a rock and roll type musical and only the plot and staging might link it to musicals of the past. The songs and the style of cutting is definitely very MTV inspired. On my scale of 1-100, I rate it an 87.

For a complete list of my ratings go to Mike's Movie Ratings .

Posted by tmichael at January 4, 2003 10:22 PM