Australia (12A)

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Posted: Tue Dec 16 2008

Hoity-toity Englishwoman Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) doesn’t believe for a moment that her husband is in Australia selling his cattle station; he’s off shagging Sheilas, she reckons, so even though it’s 1939 and she’s far too genteel to go bucketing around the world alone, she crosses the globe to bring him home – more out of irritation than any obvious romantic impulse.
She doesn’t find him – or not alive, anyway. But she does discover a vast land full of kangaroos, magical half-Aboriginal children and empire-building cattle barons. Oh, and there’s some bloke called The Drover (Hugh Jackman) who thinks she’s a nuisance but agrees to herd her cattle across the Northern Territory anyway, with a motley crew including a drunken accountant and Lady Sarah herself.

It’s a fine romp, epic in both ambition and visuals if not narrative – and if director Baz Luhrmann had stopped at the end of the love story’s trajectory, the audience would have left entirely happy. But he carries on, into war, the Japanese bombing of Darwin and other, less credible villainy, and it becomes clear that beneath his camp sensibility beats a conscientious heart, keen to bring the plight of the Stolen Generations – Aboriginals parted from their families – to a wider audience. It’s a laudable aim, but exploring the issue here is as ludicrous as expecting viewers of ‘Gone with the Wind’ to worry about slavery. View this as Outback candyfloss and you’ll have a grand time – it’s terribly entertaining f too long, and its release date is perfect since it’s as camp as Christmas. But ‘Rabbit-Proof Fence’ it ain’t. (Nina Caplan)
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12A

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Fri Dec 26, 2008

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165 mins

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andy

viewed this film last night and what a great film had everything woud recomend to anyone. great

andy

viewed this film last night and what a great film had everything woud recomend to anyone. great

ray

Trite, over long, better to have finished an hour before, but really an insult to the title. lovely scenery as the country deserves, but crap storyline and execution does not do credit to the Australian spirit in spite of major efforts from the players.

John Cooper

This film has its faults in terms of narrative and structure, but you can not take away the performances of Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman which, together with the impressive cinematography of the Australian Outback, earn this film a three- star rating at least. Nicole Kidman does a wonderful job in rescuing the film from an overlay of sentiment, and provides much needed psychological realism amongst some paper thin caricatures. Worth seeing, but , with too many script-writers this film loses its way at times, and is only saved by the production values and the sensitive performances of two leads.

Kelly

Ok. So we thought with my boyfriend : let`s watch Australia tonight.We ended up laughing at it,saying ''who cares'',most of the time,and ''why is this made in a studio room and ...we can tell?'' and other hilarious like ''Now they finally have got everything why doesn` it bloody finishes?!!'' Or :''What on earth is going on I don` t get it (again)''. The kid was great.But gimme a break with the dialogues. Everything seems so not possible.I ended up with a conclusion : This is a Disney movie for all family on a Sunday afternoon with my 13 year old niece praying she would go out on a date for some REAL romance ,even if her boyf doesn` look like Jackman.Oh hey ,nice photography.

jane

utter crap - cardboard cutout of characters and rubbish storyline. It does a disservice to the country bearing its name.

Maria

This film was the best I have seen for ages. It had everything I like in a film, great actors, magnificent scenery, suspense, action and romance. Little Nullah was brilliant and the way the whole film was put together was riveting. How anyone can say it was rubbish is beyind me. Films should be entertaining and it was as well as thought provoking. All in all an excellent visit to the cinema.

Maria

This film was the best I have seen for ages. It had everything I like in a film, great actors, magnificent scenery, suspense, action and romance. Little Nullah was brilliant and the way the whole film was put together was riveting. How anyone can say it was rubbish is beyind me. Films should be entertaining and it was as well as thought provoking. All in all an excellent visit to the cinema.

rifka

This film was so good it made me cry:) I think people are a bit too pessimistic about films. As i still maintain i reckon that people who moan about films like this are just jelous of something, could be the fact that they have boring jobs and arent millionaire directors, or actors or anything interesting at all:) I loved the film, i love Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman and the little boy was adorable and a great actor for some one so young. The scenes were compelling, a mixture of emotions created all in one film:)

rifka

This film was so good it made me cry:) I think people are a bit too pessimistic about films. As i still maintain i reckon that people who moan about films like this are just jelous of something, could be the fact that they have boring jobs and arent millionaire directors, or actors or anything interesting at all:) I loved the film, i love Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman and the little boy was adorable and a great actor for some one so young. The scenes were compelling, a mixture of emotions created all in one film:)

steve

worst film i've seen in the last 10 yrs, if i hadn't had my mother with me i'd have walked out

Trish

I went to see this film with an open mind, and was pleasently surprised! This film had all you want to entertain you in a film, the cgi was good, the story was easy to follow, the acting was good(especially by the little boy), comedy, and suspense, and of course hugh jackmans lovely body on show! Will be buying the dvd when it comes out.

Helen

Fantastic film - really enjoyed it! Very moving storyline. Hugh Jackman is gorgeous - and what a body! Brandon Walters who plays the little boy is a fantastic actor - very impressed

Helen

Fantastic film - really enjoyed it! Very moving storyline. Hugh Jackman is gorgeous - and what a body! Brandon Walters who plays the little boy is a fantastic actor - very impressed

bethan

i left the film feeling nothing...which is not a good response after watching a romantic 'epic' seeing as i am usually very emotional responsive to those types of films. the little boy who acted in the film was incredible, absolutley amazing actor and i think the film would have been entirely forgettable without him. i felt that nicole kidman acted well and she was quite funny however her comedic acting clashed with the film terribly. her charcater was completely stereotyped and cliche at the beginning, cringeably so.it just took away from the point of the film. i wanted to feel emotionally moved and her character stopped me from apprecaiting the films beauty and heart renching story. i think the best part of the film was when i thought it had ended...and then i had to sit through nearly 2 hours off excess rubbish.it seemed baz got bored and tried to fit all the content into the film in a rush. too many stories and too many events resulted in what felt like a tennis match with my feelings being the ball! i was very disappointed with the film as i love a tear jerker and was assured this would be one, i felt so desperate at the end i actually tried to squeeze a few tears out.mmm havnt thought about the film since i saw it aswell which is not a good sign.

Babs

It was a great evening, Hugh Jackman was Gorgeous, the scenery was breathtaking, The film gave me information that I did not know about Darwin. I thoughly enjoyed the film, please make up your own mind as it would be a shame to miss it.

Babs

It was a great evening, Hugh Jackman was Gorgeous, the scenery was breathtaking, The film gave me information that I did not know about Darwin. I thoughly enjoyed the film, please make up your own mind as it would be a shame to miss it.

Simon

Desparate rubbish from start to finish. Cliche-ridden pap of the worst kind. For those who find escapism exciting and think people like me are 'up themselves' - go watch Big Brother or Celebrity Come Dancing - that should really light your gas. Film was unstructured, rambling, pointless, cliche-ridden and relentlessly disappointing. Apart from that I enjoyed it!

KL

A huge disappointment, this cliche'-ridden film packed with nausea-making camera moves and nauseating sentimentality goes on .. and on... and on .... I found it visually uninspiring apart from some brilliant costume design, matched by beautifully-observed characteristations from many supporting actors. As a big fan of "The Rabbit-Proof Fence" I found its treatment of the Stolen Generations issue offensive; and if some people (not me) thought that Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King had too many endings, this beats it hands down, and with infinitely less justification. Speaking of LoR, my bouquet goes to David Wenham (with another to his make-up artist) who showed his true quality as an actor by playing with equal subtlety a villain as far removed from the herioc Faramir of Gondor as you could possibly get.

Tea.coffee?

Disappointing. Film tries really hard to be epic and moving, and this it does but only from the numerous sweeping scenery shots. The story itself is just predictable fluff where you can pretty much guess the outcome of the characters within the 1st 10mins. Shame, I expected more from Baz Luhrmann.

Clive

Predictable script, dodgy CGI, hisorically inaccurate, clioches by the boat load and disjionted landscapes (those hho have visited the N Territory will know). Having said that still entertaining.

Elizabeth

A superb film with all the right ingredients. It has persuaded me to look into taking the Ghan train next year!

Elizabeth

A superb film with all the right ingredients. It has persuaded me to look into taking the Ghan train next year!

Paul

The length of this film didn't bother me so much as its incoherence. It is variously a tale of ruthless business rivalry (cattle trading), a romance (blatantly based on 'Gone With the Wind'), a war film and a lament for the 'stolen generations'. This last point, judging by the background information at the beginning and end, is meant to be central. It only truly becomes so, however, towards the end - and I thought the use of Elgar's 'Nimrod' as background music was appallingly sentimental (not Elgar's fault). This theme is at its strongest , though, when set against events in WW II. I would say the cattle-trading theme was the most powerful and dramatic. But, like the others, it gets blurred. A 'villain' emerges from it -Neil Fletcher - but we lose sight of him, and he is despatched very routinely. The 'romance' element also seems very routine and mechanical. Admittedly, I was expecting an epic about the history of Australia - but the title could well give people that preconception: 'Northern Territory' would be far more appropriate, if less appealing. Positively, the film is very well shot and, I think, acted. A 'curate's egg'.

suzie

Really enjoyed this film, I didn't mind the unashamed romance and felt that credit is due to Baz and a team of film making pros who have crafted something with spectacle. Didn't find it too long - not as indulgeant as Lord of the Rings etc yawn panning of children's faces. I have seen Rabbit Proof Fence and I am a fan or the harder hitting art house movies (Scent of Green Papaya) but I found this had greater warmth and has alot to offer a 21st C audience. No formal marriage but lasting love and the adoption of a rejected child without the formality of adoption for e.g. I enjoyed seeing Hugh Jackman play a leading role I think he has been overlooked, why does everyone cast Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise etc etc. Anyway make up your own minds and don't be put off by mediocre reviews of a film by someone like Baz Luhrmann who is always honing his craft and has something different to offer :>

suzie

Really enjoyed this film, I didn't mind the unashamed romance and felt that credit is due to Baz and a team of film making pros who have crafted something with spectacle. Didn't find it too long - not as indulgeant as Lord of the Rings etc yawn panning of children's faces. I have seen Rabbit Proof Fence and I am a fan or the harder hitting art house movies (Scent of Green Papaya) but I found this had greater warmth and has alot to offer a 21st C audience. No formal marriage but lasting love and the adoption of a rejected child without the formality of adoption for e.g. I enjoyed seeing Hugh Jackman play a leading role I think he has been overlooked, why does everyone cast Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise etc etc. Anyway make up your own minds and don't be put off by mediocre reviews of a film by someone like Baz Luhrmann who is always honing his craft and has something different to offer :>

Alex Bryce

It is the classic example of a feel-good film, this time on an epic scale: every cliche in the book (mills and boon probably) is brought out on the inevitable run to the happy ending, easy fodder to film critics. But its totally satisfying and enjoyable to you average punter and, not only would the film not work work without a happy ending, but who would want it any other way.

kelv

What sort of cheese was it? cos some cheese can be nicer than others!

kelv

What sort of cheese was it? cos some cheese can be nicer than others!

Claire

Husband and I went to see this film to round off Christmas. Both found it well worth seeing. Agree that it really is two films and is a bit long but we were held by the vastness of scenery, the music, the stampede, the horsemanship. Again neither of us knew anything about the attack on Darwin. Go and see it and make up your own mind. By the way we are both "Seniors"

HC

One word to sum it up - cheese. If you like cheese, you'll love it. Otherwise its just a long, long, long film. Didn't make me want to visit Australia - expected a lot more from the countryside/journey element from the reviews. Go see something else...

Brassey

OK so it wasn't Gone With The Wind and Kidman as an English aristocrat was as believable as a nun in stockings and suspenders. But it did have some redeeming features, didn't it ? errrr the Plot? OK so there wasn't one to speak of, errr? the photography? well alright most of it was pretty lame and so was the CGI.But what about the acting? Well the "cheeky fat bulls" gave a beefy performance, which is more than you could say for Hugh Jackman. By the by I gave it 2 stars because he seemed to please my girlfriend enought to benefit me later.in the eveneing. Tip for male film goers; take your woman with you

keith gibson

I can`t believe anyone wouldn`t like this film. I thought it was brilliant. Great fun, great story, great bits of acting. Loved it.

keith gibson

I can`t believe anyone wouldn`t like this film. I thought it was brilliant. Great fun, great story, great bits of acting. Loved it.

Bev

I absolutely loved this film! This is the best film I have seen in a very long time! It managed to touch me, make me laugh, cry and I just stared in wonder at the Aussie scenery! It starts out simply as a great feisty outback adventure/love story between an English Lady and Aussie Drover (Hugh Jackman what a man!), and their relationship with a mixed race child and then develops into a great epic! This also brought to light a part of Australian history I was unaware of, the treatment of mixed race children in Australia, the “lost generation�. The relationships between the characters, the acting, combined with the excitement of the story captured my imagination and keep me glued for the entire film. Every credit should be given to Baz Luhrmann.

Bev

I absolutely loved this film! This is the best film I have seen in a very long time! It managed to touch me, make me laugh, cry and I just stared in wonder at the Aussie scenery! It starts out simply as a great feisty outback adventure/love story between an English Lady and Aussie Drover (Hugh Jackman what a man!), and their relationship with a mixed race child and then develops into a great epic! This also brought to light a part of Australian history I was unaware of, the treatment of mixed race children in Australia, the “lost generation�. The relationships between the characters, the acting, combined with the excitement of the story captured my imagination and keep me glued for the entire film. Every credit should be given to Baz Luhrmann.

usman khawaja

nicole kidman is a very politically correct engish lady who becomes an english cow girl and goes on a cattle drive in austrailia with the tough white guy who has a chip on his shoulder , he cannot commit to love or kids but can break horses like eastwood and ride like john wayne -so can nicole kidman . but the english woman is also very christian and wants to save the souls of all the aboriginal kids who are being abused by a bunch of evil snobbish english racist aristocracy who all talk like helen mirren acted in queen . the kid of course is called NUALLA and is a sugary little plum who goes for walkabouts every 5 minutes in the kangaroo fields , he has a aboriginal grandad who sings weird songs from hilltops that look recycled from PICNIC AT HANGING ROCKS and walbabout , everyone shouts and laughs and pretends to be outraged by the plight of mixed kids except the white men who have fathered them . then the best thing happens to the world and hollywood -japan attacks pearl harbour and what would the movie moguls done if WW2 HAD NOT HAPPENED , the rest you can see on the screen with horses cows ,ships and planes ,a lot of kidman and kangaroos with some excellent music ,production design and a mediocre script and acting - other then the kid who was quite sweet in a male shirley temple kinda role of being a cute professional . baz lahrman is a mediocre film-maker and this will not surprise anyone with its craftsman ship and should fulfill your expectations . a tiny warning both kidman and hugh jackman are showing signs of turning into antique stars as by the tell tale wrinkles . a little bit of empire of the sun and far country mixed with austrailian mumbo jumbo from WALKABOUT -but not a tiny shred of intelligence -it was mildly interesting

sam

I can't believe people like this film. The only good part about it is the comedy-value of how bad it is and how Nicole Kidman's acting is shown up by a little boy who has never acted before.

Chris Bentley

Absolutley loved this film despite it being a tad long. Great acting, stunning scenery and as for Hugh Jackman wow! it was worth going to see just for him. I would thoroughly recomend it to everyone.

Chris Bentley

Absolutley loved this film despite it being a tad long. Great acting, stunning scenery and as for Hugh Jackman wow! it was worth going to see just for him. I would thoroughly recomend it to everyone.

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