Moulin Rouge!

Moulin Rouge! ★★

Let's start with the positive. The integration and reinterpretation of a great deal of popular songs is done beautifully and creatively. That is, of course, essential for a musical. It is sadly also the only thing I enjoyed in this messy, hyper kinetic, over stylised, failed experiment.

I appreciate the message it tries to bring across, I just wish it had done it differently. If you choose to be so forcefully present as a director, you also have to know when to back off, something Baz Luhrman clearly doesn't understand. He manages to make just about every scene feel immensely convoluted with his bouncy visuals.

The acting is fine, the singing a bit spotty, which really starts to get rather distracting at a certain point. It's not that it's bad, it just lacks the skill to bring across the conviction it so badly needs.

I know this film is loved by many. I fail to to see why, I just guess it isn't for me.