6.8/10 "Baz Luhrmann’s debut movie is a heady stunner weaves through its slipshod story with an ugly duckling inspiration and a recalcitrant leitmotif of formulating and persevering one’s own uniqueness, even if it means one must run up against a brick wall at every step." read my full review: https://wp.me/p1eXom-3IR
I mean I get what he was trying to do. But I feel, he sketched those old hollywood-klischees just to big, so the spaces in between seem to be awfully blank and empty. There´s no refinement, no wit to that satire. The characters are so underdeveloped and kinda boring, so the guilty-pleasure-element didn´t work for me either. Well, visually, there´re really nice shots in it.
With it's knowingly ridiculous themes, energetic camera movements and beautifully woven moments, this sweetly camp film is quietly another in a perfect trilogy by a man who weaves heightened reality in such a unclassifiable & peculiar way. Some may snigger, but I find Strictly Ballroom and the whole Red Curtain trilogy to be by a man who knows exactly what he wants and is doing so perfectly. 5/5