Sunday, February 08, 2009
Movie Review: Australia
I just came from seeing Australia at the theater--again. I had to see it on the big screen one more time before it goes to DVD. And then I will buy the DVD. I can't get enough of this movie.
And as usual, I'm loving something the critics panned. But I ask you, what could be better than a romance set against the panoramic breathtaking vista of the outback? Set at the onset of WWII, Nicole Kidman is an uptight Englishwoman who travels to Australia to see that her husband sells the cattle ranch that isn't making ny money. Upon her arrival, her husband has been murdered, and "through a series of events" (writers love to say that) she ends up partnering with The Drover - Hugh Jackman - to drive the cattle and save Faraway Downs.
My only peeve is that are are far more promotinal photos of Nicole available than of Hugh. Drat. The story is narrated through the point of view of a young half-white, half Aborigine boy, and the plight of the half-casts is vividly portrayed.
Things to love about this movie:
good guys vs bad guys
courage and honor
Hugh Jackman without a shirt
The first time I saw it I was completely surprised that it wasn't a straight romance, which is what I was expecting, but rather an action adventure movie. It's long - and the action never lets up.
Australia is on my A-list of movies to watch again and again.