Member Rara Avis
Really surprised here - i have to defend Moulin Rouge!!!
I give it, right up front, that the "plot" per se, is an old one that has been done repeatedly. The movie doesn't even try to pretend otherwise.
BUT, the focus of the movie is NOT on the plot - the focus is on the visuals, the interaction, the amazing amount of references you can find just jumping through the scenes. It's about modernizing a form of screenplay artwork that hasn't been done in far too many years (i think the last movie i recognize as a "musical" is Grease...?) It's about taking the idea of the musical and instead of allowing the songs to interrupt the flow of the picture, having it aid in it, substituting lyrics for dialog!
I think Moulin Rouge (which i just watched for the first time recently... and the second, and the third, and...) is one of the most amazing movies i've ever seen. it ranks right at the top of my list for everything... especially the music, the references (notice the similarity between the movie and Orpheus' trip? ), and also importantly: character development. I have never seen better acting / character representation. Never.
Lord of the Rings rocked - I decided about halfway through the movie though, that I'm going to marry Liv Tyler. If anyone has her number, please let me know.
[This message has been edited by Christopher (01-06-2002 05:02 PM).]