Friday, 22 October 2010

Moulin Rouge Review...

In Moulin Rouge, 'The year is 1899, and a young English writer, has come to Paris to follow the Bohemian revolution taking hold of the city's drug and prostitute infested underworld. And nowhere is the thrill of the underworld more alive than at the Moulin Rouge, a night club where the rich and poor men alike come to be entertained by the dancers, but things take a wicked turn for him as he starts a deadly love affair with the star courtesan of the club, Satine. But her affections are also coveted by the club's patron, the Duke. A dangerous love triangle ensues as Satine and the writer fight all odds to stay together but a force that not even love can conquer is taking its toll on Satine.'

Moulin rouge was your typical Romeo and Juliet love story and in that sense I found the story slightly predictable and unoriginal, however, it was the frantic pace and editing of the film that kept me hooked and particularly interested me. Clearly this version of the film has had a big impact from the MTV generation, but there were some really interesting uses of compositing and editing in there. The compositing can be seen with the layers used to show the city, which accompanied with the bold artistic style, created a really effective visual aesthetic. The fast paced editing worked well during the crazed parts of the film, really disorientating the viewer. And visually, the art direction and style of the film were wonderful, really using strong, bold colours effectively and almost making the film seem like a beautifully painted piece of art. Overall, moulin rouge was slightly unoriginal and lacked a unique storyline, but from a filmmaker's point of view, it was a beautifully constructed film, making great use of it's theatrical origin.

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