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I watched the entirety of Moulin Rouge. After it gets past the incredibly annoying beginning and you get used to the fact that meester Luhrman is going to substitute cutesy camera affects and interesting costuming for actual artistry, it isn't too bad, actually.
That's *entirely* due to Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor somehow squeezing substance out of the whole pile of crap. They're really good actors. They actually make you give a flying fuck about these idiots they portray.
It's not a simple love story. It's an amalgam of several different stories, the most noteable ingredient being La Boheme. They even ganked the play within a play statements idea from The King and I.. even with the Hindu tinged theme.
Tolouse Latrec was SO utterly over the top, never stopped being over the top, and Leguizamo sounded more like Elmer Fudd than a lispy frenchman.

I'm still very much not a fan of Bas Luhrman.
I think the world at large has given him too much credit. Do something bizarre, call it art, and most people will agree with you just because they think that art is supposed to be something bizarre.

I even had my issues at first with Julie Tamor's version of Titus Andronicus. I still gave it a chance, and somehow her utterly bizarre juxtapositions of time period and genre worked. The remote control to turn on the lights in the colliseum. The rude boys rocking out with the pool table and leather pants and heavy metal, chainlink fence and so forth.
Some of the casting was laughable... Jessice Lange as a devistatingly gorgeous beauty?
Maybe a heavily makeuped 20 years ago.
Anyway... There are certain things there that happen visually that are just fucking gorgeous. They're just *stunning*.
That's what Bas Luhrman tries for (oh and can you TELL that he's trying OH so hard) but fails at.
He just can't pull it off.

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punkalicia
Mar. 27th, 2002 05:51 pm (UTC)
goddammit.

i don't care if you don't like the movie, but the guys name is: Baz Luhrmann
maddening
Mar. 27th, 2002 07:51 pm (UTC)
heh.. I had a feeling I was spelling that wrong.
It really wasn't as horrible as I thought at first (and I was still feeling hostile about my first viewing)
it's not THAT BAD when you give it a chance.
Just a lil too cheesy over the top for my current state of mind.
it was... dare I say it? ... *wacky*..
frobisher
Mar. 27th, 2002 08:08 pm (UTC)
Of course, I haven't seen it, so my opinion may not count for much, but...

There's nothing wrong with a bit (or a gigabyte) of flash. Unless that's all it is and you try to call it high art.

*nod*
maddening
Mar. 27th, 2002 10:28 pm (UTC)
I dunno.
I do have to say that the "do the can can can" thing is freaking STUCK in my head.
THOROUGHLY LODGED Even.

It was neat what they did with the songs. It really was.

The opening song was actually from The Boy With Green Hair... which had harry dean stanton in it when he qualified as a boy.
Interest tidbits my mother provides.
frobisher
Mar. 27th, 2002 08:03 pm (UTC)
Dammmit! He doesn't deserve one of our small supply of zeds!
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