Ok, so ‘Moulin Rouge‘ isn’t exactly a recent film. In fact, it’s about 12 years old now .. amazing how time flies.
Now that I think about, I don’t recall why I picked this particular movie on that particular afternoon.. I’ve seen ‘Moulin Rouge’ way too many times to count (love me a good musical hahaha), and hadn’t thought about it in years.
Whatever, doesn’t really matter because it allowed me to remember just how damn good this movie was and still is to this day.
Sure, this movie had some straight up covers like ‘Your Song’, ‘Lady Marmalade’, and ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend’. But looking back, this movie seems to be the precursor to the ‘mash-up’ craze that’s been made so popular recently by ‘Glee’.
Don’t believe me? Rewatch/relisten to the performance of ‘El Tango De Roxanne‘, probably one of the most powerful performances in the entire movie, which gave everyone a different perspective on Sting’s song ‘Roxanne’.
Or the ‘Elephant Love Medley’ (part near the beginning where Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman are on top of the elephant, and decide to become lovers), which strings together 10 different famous songs about love.
After all these years though, my favorite scene is still the ‘Like A Virgin’ duet between Jim Broadbent (who’s vocals were dubbed by an opera singer for this number) and the fantastic Richard Roxburgh (‘The Duke’), with the latter channeling an eerily accurate Vincent Price impression towards the end of the song.
However I do think the one performance that generally goes unnoticed or dismissed is from John Leguizamo. I think his performance as Toulouse-Lautrec was outstanding, even if it was mostly played for the comedy of the character. But there were moments of pure drama that you wouldn’t normally associate with the actor.
Also, did you know he did a lot of the scenes while kneeling or wearing blue-screen socks so they could erase his legs? He’s actually 5’8″, and was playing someone shorter than 4’11”.
Surprisingly though, the trailer for the movie is absolutely crap and looks like it’s advertising a completely different movie. Good thing I’m still a big Baz Luhrmann fan. 🙂