Waughtal Review – Moulin Rouge (2001)

Haley Waughtal

Moulin Rouge is a story about beauty, freedom, truth and love.


There are four versions of this magnificent story, but this review is over the movie from 2001, which is free on YouTube. The cast included Ewan McGregor as Christian, a young writer, and Nicole Kidman as a courtesan. 


The first 45 minutes of the movie are energetic. There is a unique vibe to the editing and humor to make people laugh. After that it slowly becomes more of a deep story. A story of love and loss. 


The use of classic songs in mashups makes this movie that much more special. It includes classics from Nirvana, Madonna, The Police and even Marilyn Monroe. 


Paired with the songs are powerful scenes that create an amazing ambiance. 


The opening includes cancan dancers in their flashy dresses. 


A personal favorite scene would be the tango, with the song El Tango De Roxanne. It is a powerful scene with out of this world choreography and beautiful directing shots to make the scene give you goosebumps. It also includes extraordinary vocals from a surprising Ewan McGregor who plays the main character.


The use of humor keeps anyone watching from creating too big of a puddle of tears.


Even though comedy is used, I can guarantee you will be crying by the end of the movie. With the great loss Christian goes through and the emotional ups and downs.


“It’s magnificent, opulent, tremendous, stupendous, gargantuan, bedazzlement, a sensual ravishment.” – Harold Zidler


That quote is from the movie. And it fits this review.


You must watch Moulin Rouge.