Adventure / Drama / History / Romance / War / Western
'Australia' is an epic and romantic action adventure, set in that country on the explosive brink of World War II. In it, an English aristocrat (Kidman) travels to the faraway continent, where she meets a rough-hewn local (Jackman) and reluctantly agrees to join forces with him to save the land she inherited. Together, they embark upon a transforming journey across hundreds of miles of the world’s most beautiful yet unforgiving terrain, only to still face the bombing of the city of Darwin by the Japanese forces that attacked Pearl Harbor. With his new film, Luhrmann is painting on a vast canvas, creating a cinematic experience that brings together romance, drama, adventure and spectacle
Stuart Beattie (screenplay); Baz Luhrmann (screenplay); Ronald Harwood (screenplay); Richard Flanagan (screenplay).
Nicole Kidman (Lady Sarah Ashley); Hugh Jackman (Drover); David Wenham (Neil Fletcher); Bryan Brown (King Carney); Jack Thompson (Kipling Flynn); Essie Davis (Cath Carney); David Gulpilil (King George); Brandon Walters (Nullah). Please contact SFC to add other cast members and characters.
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Well it's watchable - Once!
Mark Banks (United Kingdom)
Opinion: Limited Recommendation
Hmmm - where to start with a film that spans almost three hours and double that number of genres? Watching 'Australia' can be compared to watching another at-times-inept blockbuster: 'Pearl Harbour'. There are many similarities between the two films; most of all that the directors felt they had to include convoluted love stories to make the films work, when in reality a little research surely could have thrown up half-a-dozen non-romance-centred true-life plots that would have been far more engaging and potentially even Oscar-winning. Of the positive points in 'Australia': the production values and acting, as one might expect from such a budget and such a cast, were commendable and at the least watchable; there were also a good few moments of humour sprinkled throughout the script; and Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman had at least some small degree of chemistry together. Of the negatives: the length (this film had about three points that each would've sufficed as a suitable ending); the kissing (how many times is it really necessary to see Nicole and Hugh embrace?); and finally Nullah's almost indiscernible accent (this reminded me of the character 'Short Round' in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - though the latter had a far more limited number of lines than Australia’s Nullah). Also, why did a film entitled 'Australia' finish with 'Nimrod' by the ever-so-English composer Elgar? - That for me kind of summed up the feel of this film! In all, if it's a rainy day and you want some escapism, or if you're simply in the mood for a long film that won't be too taxing on the mind, 'Australia' might serve a purpose and bring a few laughs along the way; just don't go expecting Oscar-winning film-making.