“Moulin Rouge!” is a Glorious Mash-Up of Tragic Romance Tropes and Full-Throated Creativity

Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! (A-) is a spellbinding romantic musical featuring modern-day songs by The Beatles, Elton John, Whitney Houston and more at the service of a fantasy Parisian-based story about a poet (Ewan McGregor) who falls in love with a courtesan (Nicole Kidman). Luhrmann’s bouncing-off-the-walls visuals slow down occasionally to feast eyes on the stunning central couple who is fully committed to its acting performances. It’s a splendid let’s-put-on-a-show production with surprises in store at every turn.