Baz Luhrmann and his romance with musicals is a blessing from the conventional boy-meets-girl plots in the modern era of films. Going back to the colorful old-French 1890s, the dancing, singing and entertaining people with more than just performing but giving an experience worth more than money, Moulin Rouge is a fine example of how to sustain the viewers’ attention throughout, only to leave many spell-bound and constantly up for a melody that will make you wonder about the dash of intelligent pop in the music.
A colorful cabaret experience with actors who put in the best, it is an honest, beautiful effort that left a long lasting feeling of exuberance throughout the movie. Christian (Ewan McGregor) arrives in Paris with nothing but a head filled with beautiful poetry, ideas and an indomitable spirit. With the help of Toulouse-Lautrec, an alcoholic dwarf artist, Christian ends up writing a play for Zidler’s new house of theatre instead of the dance, passion, performance, entertainment and pleasure. A dream he wanted to fulfill ever since and there falls in immeasurable depths of love with Satine (Nicole Kidman) the star performer, most desired courtesan and sufferer. She sings through the performances, looking like a goddess, a fantasy of every man and a dream, a dream she doesn’t let herself see as she is dying of tuberculosis.
But much like every romantic movie, there ought to be a villainous twist which is added by The Duke (Richard Roxburgh) who wants to charm Satine and hence, funds the new theatre, to debut with Christian’s play “Spectacular Spectacular!” a story of an Indian Maharajah, a courtesan and a penniless sitar player, parallel to the brewing, new found, secretive love between Satine and Christian. Caught in the dilemma of living free without bounds and loved by one charismatic man and saving him from the duke who is restless and lusting for her and presenting to her a shot at serious acting or so she assumes.
Christian’s love is pure as is the rage of the Duke who is constantly annoyed with their chemistry and demands the ending to be changed as he is wise by then. But the ending changed, Christian is asked to leave the play, Satine choses to leave him and go for the play and he is left heart broken. The night of the opening, Christian breaks into the theatre, sneaks backstage and completes the play with the best song of the movie “Come what May”; after Laurtec insists that Satine is in love with him too.
Hell breaks loose as there is chaos and the Duke walks away after Zidler ruins his attempt to kill Christian, but Satine has very little time to confront Christian about her love. Leaving behind a grieving Christian, she dies.
A year later the place is shutdown, while Christian is penning down his love story, a love story that changed him forever.
Moulin Rouge is encapsulating with its witty, vibrant visuals and dramatic outburst of songs and can-can that will bring a wave of energy to you. Ewan McGregor’s voice when he sings is to watch how versatile an actor can be while Nicole Kidman and he sashaying and singing adds more charm to the movie. Moulin Rouge isn’t just a movie to munch pop-corn with or question too much, it is to feel the beauty of love, pain and a soul-stirring drama that will only make you wonder what Baz Luhrmann was thinking mixing Nirvana, Madonna, The Beatles, Beck and many more. But that’s just his way, keep
enthralling and constantly bring up the unexpected, always away from what might just be conventional. Moulin Rouge makes your heart explode with warmth, making you cherish the feeling more than what you imagined.