Moulin Rouge is one huge heaping mess of a film. At times it feels like a runaway train in danger of flying off the tracks into a fiery pileup. But somehow it keeps its balance and emerges as one of the most memorable films of the 00s.
Most of the credit, in my opinion, belongs to Ewan McGregor. I can’t imagine another actor pulling off the naive innocence and the unabashed romanticism of his Christian, let alone one with a terrific singing voice to match. Nicole Kidman got the Oscar nod for this film, but McGregor was its MVP.
In this scene, Kidman’s Satine mistakenly believes Christian to be a rich businessman and is intent on seducing him. In fact, he’s a humble (and poor) poet who wants nothing more than to love (and be loved in return).
Their meeting starts out as farce but turns into something very different — true love, perhaps — when Christian bursts into song. Elton John’s ‘Your Song,’ to be specific.