Thursday, December 4, 2008
Don't let the 165 min. runtime scare you; Australia is worth the time to see on the big screen. If you like classic movies then you should like what this film has to offer, old school silver screen entertainment. Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stockman in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drives 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.
From the same guy that brought us Moulin Rouge, Australia has stylized backgrounds, unique camera work, and talented actors. Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman make their characters real fun to watch. They really know what to bring to the table, they understand what kind of movie Australia is, epic. With this movie, the director Baz Luhrmann had made his Gone With The Wind.
With winter upon us, Australia may just be the perfect night out, out of the cold.
It's a C+ for Australia, enjoy!