Head to Head – Moulin Rouge

Welcome to the latest edition of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critic takes on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight!
Align CenterThis week we received a can-can-kick to the face of Baz Luhrmann‘s Moulin Rouge from Darren Smith. For his troubles, he received a free pass to one of our favourite films of the year, (500) Days of Summer. If you would also like to win free movie tickets, send your controversial mini-reviews to us here!

Darren Smith will argue AGAINST the film, while Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo will argue FOR it. Let us know in the comments section below who you agree with. Spare no vitriol! Choose your side! There can only be one winner!

Darren Smith – 1/5

Overrated is the only rating for Baz Luhrmann’s romp in the late Danny La Rue’s wardrobe that is Moulin Rouge. Where does one start? Well, not with Nicole Kidman’s unfortunate, hollow performance. This movie should be shown to all film students as an example of what NOT to do with editing. The shots bounce around faster than a kid with ADHD on amphetamines. The sole good performance by Caroline O’Connor leaves you wondering why Kidman was cast as the lead or any character at all. I’d suggest that a hat rack would’ve been a more suitable role for her were it not for the mise-en-scene already looking like an overcrowded antique store. Of course, Luhrmann can’t resist referencing some element of popular culture at least every 10 seconds. It’s like playing find-a-word — Toulouse-Lautrec here, Nirvana there. Moulin Rouge isn’t a cornucopia. It’s a cacophony. So much going on and, yet, so little.

Simon Miraudo – 4/5

Poor Baz. Since when does trying something a little different automatically make you everyone’s favourite punching bag. Sure, the energetic (to say the least) editing style he deploys in Moulin Rouge does threaten to induce motion sickness, but it is also speedy filmmaking the likes of which we rarely see. He zips through all the exposition like a great ringmaster to give the audience what they paid to see: thrilling musical sequences and a juicy love story. It’s a giant Harlequin romance novel dripping in Hollywood nostalgia and Bollywood melodrama. It’s brash and bold and big and never boring. It is a spectacular Spectacular in every way. (Full disclosure: I liked Australia as well. Sue me!)

Now it’s over to you! Do you agree with Darren or Simon? Let us know in the comments section below. And if you would like to be featured in the next Head to Head, and possibly win some free movie tickets, send your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

One Response to “Head to Head – Moulin Rouge”

  1. I liked Australia as well. Perhaps we should start a facebook support group?

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