Moulin Rouge!

Moulin Rouge! ★★★★½

"Moulin Rouge" is neither a film nor a movie — it’s an experience.

Baz Luhrmann dazzles us by juggling a simple, old-fashioned love story, wall-to-wall contemporary pop songs, a historical setting, breathless cutting and hyperkinetic camera work — and delivers a boldly original party mix. Take his exuberantly euphoric "Strictly Ballroom" and mesh it with his wacky, heart-thumping romance, "William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet," and you’ll get an idea of what he’s capable of.

Nicole Kidman has seriously never been better, but it’s Ewan McGregor who floored me.

An absolute blast.

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