This week, we have two regular-mail picks, both centered around the ideas of clubs--albeit entirely different clubs. Today, we'll visit Tyler Durden's Fight Club and Harold Zeigler's Moulin Rouge!
|"Listen to my heart, can you hear it sing? Come back to me and forgive everything."|
Oh, the cast! Ewan McGregor is doing career-best work here, proving himself a brilliant singer with a beautiful voice. He also inhabits the role so well--the fact that he wasn't Oscar-nominated for this performance is a sad blemish on the Academy's history. Nicole Kidman is also doing career-best work, but her performance is almost on another level. You feel so much for her character, the courtesan Satine, as she unknowingly dies of consumption while falling in love for the first time. Each moment of the performance is captivating--she deserved the Oscar for this performance.
The music is also marvelous. Using iconic 20th century music was an inspired choice--nowhere is this more obvious than in the "Elephant Love Medley." Each choice is brilliant--when Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" kicks in, it's a beautiful payoff. The one original song from the film, "Come What May," is exquisite in both its bold original form and its breathtaking, showstopping reprise form.
Sure, the movie's not perfect. No one should pretend it is. But it's flaws are greatly outweighed by its strong points. In fact, it might be the most exuberant film ever made, which is a great risk. It delivers beautifully. A
|"Goddamn! We just had a near-life experience, fellas."|
What do you guys think of Fight Club and Moulin Rouge! ten years after their releases? Are they on your Netflix queues? Anyone dislike these modern classics? Take your thoughts to the comments!