A naïve young poet (Ewan McGregor) falls in love with a cabaret star (Nicole Kidman), and their ill-fated romance serves as a convenient peg on which to hang a dazzling array of songs, from snatches of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” to Madonna’s “Like a Virgin.” But the real star is director Baz Luhrmann, who came up with this infectious concoction that won two Oscars for art direction and costume design as well as six other nods. (Netflix)
WHY WAS THIS THE FIRST TIME I’VE SEEN THIS MOVIE!???!?!?!??!?
Ok. I kinda lie. I have seen bits and pieces of this movie over the past few years. But this is the first time I have sat down and watched it from beginning to end. Wow, was it awesome. The synopsis is right, Baz Luhrmann is a freaking genius. I don’t know how he does it. From Romeo + Juliet to this, he’s a true visionary. The story is a classic one, but with the add ins of the amazing song mash-ups and the visual aspect, this is truly a unique movie. Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman are great, and their singing voices are really good as well. The thing that surprised me was that I expected this movie to be FULL of sex. But, it wasn’t. Enough sexual innuendos to get the PG-13 rating based on those alone, but they were innuendos only. Luhrmann decided to focus instead on the love story, which was a courageous, yet perfect thing to do. So, basically, if you have been deprived of this movie, as I have been, you need to watch it. Like right now. Go. I’m serious.