Roxanne and Come What May were the only good songs in the soundtrack. The performances of Harold, Christian, and Satine were great, but overall it didn't really feel like a movie, just a bunch of incoherent and badly cut together shots. The editing made me dizzy.
The film that brought back the musical is more Tashlin than Fosse, putting 50 years of pop music in a blender, spiking it with absinth, and insisting that all these songs (some defiantly unhip) capture something substantial about love and spring from "bohemian" idealism. Not that I can entirely buy it, but that illusion/quest is central to pop—so after it runs out of its bag of tracks, the appeal is media theory.
Urgh... I was ready to pull the plug on this after the first half hour. It was making me mad how fast everything was just being thrown into my eyes and ears! Thankfully for the second half of the film things slowed down a bit, and I was able to appreciate it more. Kidman was everything, but I would've preferred something a little less bedazzled and frantic. And where the hell were P!nk, X-tina, Eve and Lil Kim??!!
The combination of high & lowbrow elements, the post-modern collage of influences (from opera, to Bollywood, to MTV) & the extended commentary on the nature of stories to express a reflection of something that can't be said are each exceptionally jarring & revelatory. The technique owes less to mainstream Hollywood & more to the avant-garde of Jarman & Potter, with a similarly anarchic emphasis on historical fiction.
Luhrmann's best film to date is a sumptuous creation that rightfully should have won picture and director the year it was nominated. The film's romantic mix of old school musical, modern song and extraordinary production value make it a modern classic. Performances are wonderful especially the young lovers played by Kidman and McGregor though Richard Roxburgh may have upstaged them at times. ' Come what may...'
Bright colors and fast-paced editing makes it easy to be hypnotized and paralyzed of this burlesque orgy that dazzle with it's set decor and costumes. The pairing of Kidman and McGregor works and it has a energetic pace that never loses it's grip as if the film was directed by someone with a short-term attention disorder. Some actors are also deliberately over-the-top which can be hard to accept at first.
It's been like 10 years since I've seen this, and God I don't know what made me decide to watch it on this flight. I hate this movie. I don't know. I just strongly don't believe in any of it. I will always love you Nicole Kidman. This is not about you. But what an empty film!