A poet (Ewan McGregor) falls for a courtesan (Nicole Kidman) who is coveted by a wealthy Duke.
This is another of those films which I know by repute and until recently hadn’t actually watched it all the way through. Given that Baz Luhrman directed it, I figured I knew what to expect.
The camera certainly doesn’t waste it’s time and is quite rapid as it attempts to take in the luscious scenery. It is visually spectacular, and this is something that would later be replicated when he directed Great Gatsby in 2013.
The music was also good and catchy, although I wasn’t particularly interested in the central romance. All of the other characters were certainly bright and colourful – they just felt very one dimensional and felt like elaborate set pieces like the rest of the film.
In terms of the plot it reminds me of Camille by Alexander Dumas. If you want a good musical then perhaps check this one out.
MY RATING: *** / *****