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!
If the music isn't good, I just don't care how good the movie is. One of the best songs in the movie is "Come what may", which should have won the Oscar, were it not disqualified for stupid reasons. While Nicole Kidman is picture perfect, it's Ewan McGregor who really steals the show. He does a great cover of "Your Song".
1-2. A stupid, tone-deaf, overblown, self-aggrandizing , epileptic, Id-driven cartoon. And yet I kind of enjoyed it up to a point. There's a certain cheap thrill in the cartoony sex jokes and pop song rearrangements. But the movie works really hard to hammer its theme home, and the underdeveloped drama becomes a lot more pronounced in the second half. And that definitely drains a lot of the fun away.