Re: [mythsoc] Moulin Rouge???
- On Mon, Mar 25, 2002 at 12:27:32PM -0500, odzer@... wrote:
>My husband and I both liked it a lot. I think to enjoy it you have to
> >Moulin Rouge
> not to go to far off topic, but did anyone see this bizare flick, and if so,
> did you like it?
> I am a big fan of Nicole Kidman, but even that couldn't inspire me to watch
> more than a few minutes of this movie when I came across it on HBO. Maybe I
> didn't give it a chance? And I distinctly remember reading a review that
> pointed out that it had some novel ideas, but that they just didn't come off,
> that it was somehow all very superficial and without any compelling character
understand that it's more in the musical genre than in the movie genre.
It uses a fair bit of hyperbole and cliche both in plot and in characters,
but when you understand that it's not *trying* to tell an original story
at all, if you're like me, it doesn't bother you.
Hmm, looking at my sentence structure, I can see it's far too early for
me to be trying to write anything! But to relate this discussion to our
topic, Moulin Rouge is, IMO, following the same sort of formula as a
fairy tale. Fairy tales are replete with beautiful princesses and big
bad wolves, yet we still enjoy them...why?
- I saw it, initially with great reluctance, at the prompting of our fearless
leader, Ellie Farrell (whose opinions about films I greatly respect, and
from whom I've learned a great deal about film matters: Thanks, Ellie!).
I must say that the more I think about the film, the more I like it.
(Initially, I was unwilling to watch it because I had read some mixed
reviews -- reviews which, I see now, missed the point -- and because it
would violate my "No Leguizamo" rule.) It is a startlingly imagined, richly
presented, intensely energetic, and above all stunningly original film. On
those grounds alone, I think it should have won Best Picture.
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> >Moulin RougeI saw it seven times in the theatre and purchsed the DVD the day it came
> not to go to far off topic, but did anyone
> see this bizare flick, and if so, did you like it?
out. I feel that "Moulin Rouge" should have won Best Picture.
> And I distinctly remember reading a review thatThis reviewer missed the point completely. The film intentionally employs
> pointed out that it had some novel ideas, but
> that they just didn't come off, that it was somehow
> all very superficial and without any compelling character
familiar characters and a classic story line as a means to re-invent the
musical genre. Baz Luhrmann (the director) points out that the ending of the
film is "given away" within the first two minutes because they don't want
you worrying about what's going to happen next, but rather they want the
viewer to get wrapped up in the spectacle of /how/ it happens.
Love it or hate it, "Moulin Rouge" took more risks than any other film this
year. The filmmakers set out to create something completely unlike anything
else we've seen, and they succeeded in spades. I feel that kind of daring
should be recognized and rewarded.
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- I thought it was so original I have trouble evaluating whether it was
successful. Let a few other directors try to make something like it and then
I'll be able to tell whether it was a first-rate film of its kind. Its
originality alone was enough to make it one of the top five or so films of
last year, but I don't know whether I think it was completely satisfying.
- I saw it on video the day before the Oscars. I found it to be an awful lot
of fun. Nevertheless, I think I require a second viewing before I can say
whether it was satisfying, or successful. I, like Susan, was greatly put
off by the trailers and things I'd read about it. That's why I didn't see
it in the theater. I rarely enjoy musicals, but I try to give things I
don't like a new go every now and again, The farcical quality made it a
very different type of musical than those of the golden age, which usually
leave me scratching my head or are so sugary as to make my tummy hurt.
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> Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Moulin Rouge???
> I thought it was so original I have trouble evaluating whether it was
> successful. Let a few other directors try to make something like it and then
> I'll be able to tell whether it was a first-rate film of its kind. Its
> originality alone was enough to make it one of the top five or so films of
> last year, but I don't know whether I think it was completely satisfying.
> Wendell Wagner
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