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GCSE English Moulin Rouge Film Review

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Introduction

Moulin Rouge Reviewer: Imogen Kirk "The show must go on" Yet another enthralling film for us to feast on, courtesy of Baz Luhrmann. Welcome to the Moulin Rouge... a fast-paced, up-beat film sure to entertain even the most critical of you. Extravagant scenery, expressive acting, and electrifying storyline all combine for an energetic family film, simply bursting with passion and excitement. It's a must-see! A powerful tale set in Bohemian Paris; one dazzling courtesan, Satine (Nicole Kidman) whose 'material girl' morals lack presence as she falls for a neighbouring penniless writer, Christian (Ewan McGregor) after saucily seducing him. He declares his love to her - while writing for the show she stages in. Can he satisfy her needs? Meanwhile, club impresario Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent) has negotiated a deal for the Duke of Worcester (Richard Roxburgh) to bankroll the ever-struggling nightclub in return for Satine's hand, which could cause explosive consequences. The question is: who or what will she choose? 'A form of escapism, where fantasy becomes reality - in and out of the film!' The notorious Moulin Rouge, a central nightclub, a form of escapism, where fantasy becomes reality in and out of the film, during the 'prim and proper' Victorian era. ...read more.

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It's apparent that Luhrmann's melodramatic style in writing - and directing suits this theatrical performance perfectly. They couldn't have found a more desirable match, and possibly the most significant thing: he was willing to take a risk, a very big risk, at that. 'Bright, bold and busy colours make this film so visually exciting and innovative' Bright, bold and busy colours make this film so visually exciting and innovative, whilst camerawork captures all elements of each scene at intriguing angles, with a constantly roving camera. The editing is truly mesmerising, with rapid and precise cutting. I could personally only describe the way in which the camera is used as like a bat out of hell! With wild and wonderful dancers leaping around the stage together with vibrant costumes - everything's blurred, distorted and so sophisticatedly eccentric! Although there are a few clich�s innocently floating about the dialogue, where phrases from popular songs are craftily fixed into the dialogue as the characters are speaking to one another, they are astonishingly entertaining. Modern day musical numbers seem to be in great favour, as opposed to the typical timeworn love song. ...read more.

Conclusion

'All 127 minutes erupt with first-class renditions and theatricality!' I find it so interesting how sensational a film can be made with just a few specified dramatic devices. In one romantic scene, heart-shaped windows hidden in flamboyant scenery assist the main storyline and dialogue. All 127 minutes erupt with first-class musical renditions and theatricality! Director Baz Luhrmann Writers Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce Release Date 7th September 2001 Genre Drama, musical, romance Tagline No laws. No limits. One rule - don't fall in love Age Rating 12 - Sexual content Running Time 127 minutes Satine Nicole Kidman Christian Ewan McGregor Toullouse Lautrec John Leguizamo Harold Zidler Jim Broadbent The Duke Richard Roxburgh The Green Fairy Kylie Monogue Voice of The Green Fairy Ozzy Osbourne More atmospheric than your local football stadium - just as the winning goal is scored? I think so. The superb Moulin Rouge is really that incredible. You couldn't ask for a more thrilling, more exciting, and above all more enjoyable film - worthy of the two Oscars it's nominated for! Definitely worth a visit to the cinema; you'd be absolutely insane not to. You'll be left buzzing... for days. Amazing! Verdict: 'Electrifying' ...read more.

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