Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 musical Moulin Rouge! became a bit of a slow burn hit. Its unfiltered story of Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Love struck a chord with some movie goers, but the unique and frenetic visual style left some viewers exhausted and annoyed. Spurred on by the popularity of Hamilton, another musical set in a historic period that uses modern music stylings, Nate and Ryan wanted to revisit the utterly singular Moulin Rouge! Nate and Ryan have typically fallen in line with those who love the movie, but wanted to look back and see if there is more to the movie than pop songs and emotion. They explore Luhrmann’s postmodern vision and the merit of bald-faced emotion that toes the line between sincerity and cliche.
What do you remember about Moulin Rouge? Is Luhrmann a visionary, or a lunatic? Where does Moulin Rouge! rank among movie musicals? Let us know!