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Moulin Rouge review

Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor sing and dance their socks off in the Baz Luhrmann musical

After the loveable underdog that was Strictly Ballroom (1992) and Shakespeare sensation Romeo + Juliet , next came Baz Luhrmann’s Marmite film: a jukebox musical that brings Nirvana and Elton John to 19th-century Paris.

The MTV cutting, ADHD soundtrack and in-your-face campness sends some running for the hills - but they’re fools to do so.

Sure, Luhrmann could only deploy subtlety if it came festooned with sequins and belting out show tunes, but that’s not the point - excess is the goal here, and it’s used, paradoxically, to fuel an honest, heartfelt paean to good old-fashioned love that’s audacious in its wide-eyed passion, innocent love of fun and sheer showmanship.

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