Conclusion: Moulin Rouge! is a very enjoyable musical made by a very talented team led by director Baz Luhrmann. This isn’t your grandparents' musical and stands as one of the best of this century. For the most part, the craftsmanship on display transfers well to high definition and is well worth the upgrade for those who own the DVD. Highly recommend, even for those who don't normally like musicals.
Excerpt: I don’t imagine you’ll be able to handle “Moulin Rouge!” if you didn’t like director Baz Luhrmann ’s two previous films – “ Romeo + Juliet ” (1996) and “Strictly Ballroom” (1992) – because they’re all quite similar. The three films of the unofficial “Red Curtain Trilogy” (in which “Rouge” is the third and final entry) have their share of commonalities, staring with their controversial and polarizing writer/director.
Excerpt: In today's sex crazed cinema, how could a film about French whores possibly go wrong? Baz Luhrman is no fool, and he knows how to make a statement. But with Moulin Rouge, he's really gone out on a limb. Filled with modern pop culture references and contemporary themes, Moulin Rouge is set in turn of the centruy Paris, at the heart of France's bohemian revolution. The Moulin Rouge itself is a decadent French nightclub, where everything is for sale, especially the women.
Excerpt: Australiensaren Baz Luhrmann har gjort sig en karriär på att filma superklassiska historier på ett så livfullt och engagerat och egensinningt sätt att det känns som om man ser dem för första gången. Eller snarare, trots att man ser hans filmer med föregångarna ekande i huvudet kan man inte annat än uppslukas av hans tolkning.