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Moulin Rouge

Sexual content
Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
Written by: Graig Pearce & Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo

Musicals haven't been everybody's cup of tea. People basically think they are down right boring. This one movie just might be the one to change the minds of those people. Then again maybe not, because this type of movie won't be everybody's cup of tea either.

Moulin Rouge takes place in Paris in 1900. The Moulin Rouge is a loud, colorful, party of a circus where the deviants go to live the night away. Satine (Nicole Kidman) is the star attraction of the Moulin Rouge. She soon falls in love with a writer, Christian (Ewan McGregor), who she thinks is a Duke, who will make her famous. Satine and Christian instantly fall in love, but when Satine learns who the real Duke is, Satine and Christian must hide their relationship from the Duke so he won't kill Christian.

Anybody who has seen Baz Luhrmann's last film "Romeo and Juliet", (which I hated) basically knows the director's style, but have no idea what they are in store for with this movie.

Moulin Rouge has to be seen to be believed. The movie is very colorful, vibrant, so unbelievably amazing, I just couldn't get enough of it. Every musical number presented is full of life and energy. This movie pulsates with sound and vision. The musical number's NEVER get dull! Comedic elements are thrown into a lot (not all) of the numbers, to really keep you ingrossed in the movie.

Baz moves and pans the camera around with lots of passion. You actually feel like your at the Moulin Rouge. While this may seem like a 'female movie', it's not! This movie is a fabulous love story that will be loved by most (not all, as I saw a few people walk out!) These people clearly didn't give the movie a chance, nor did they understand and appreciate it. This movie is intended to be seen numerous times, to get the full effect, as there is so much happening. Even if this movie doesn't get through to everybody and becomes popular, Moulin Rouge will be a great cult movie in time.

I haven't had this much fun and felt so overwhelmed by a movie like this in a long time. Plus, on the musical side, I haven't liked a musical this much since "The Pirate Movie".

Please give this movie a chance, especially the first 20 minutes or so. This movie needs to be seen by everybody the whole way through.

-John Steffens

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