A Brazilian journalist living in Praia, Cape Verde.
Luhrmann basically takes this musical biopic and turns it into a Moulin Rouge remake, minus the love story. Remember Harold Zidler making selling Satine to the Duke while stating the show must go on - it's the same movie, all over again, and a very personal one. Hanks is grotesque, yes, but his performance fits in the movie's feverish tone.
I wrote a Facebook post in Portuguese about it, but, basically, it's a genre movie very proud of being a genre movie in a country where just a few people make genre movies, but there is nothing else in it beyond that pride. It's mediocre, to say the least, specially because it doesn't know how to film violence.
My post in Portuguese:
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