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Plot: Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand. Runtime: 165 mins Release Date: 26 Nov 2008
Tremendous Romantic Adventure - Forget The Cynics! (by intelearts)
Australia is a totally unashamedly romantic adventure film painted on a huge canvas.We totally enjoyed every minute: it is what cinema can be - stirring, fun, involving - and made us forget the world for nearly three hours.If Spielberg had made this And it really looks like he could have it would be called a masterpiece - Luhrman has done a fantastic job and if it needed reediting then they got it right.It is fun, big fun, with a real sense of adventure and romance and we loved it.Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman are well supported by an excellent cast and produce great chemistry.All in all <more>
in a sea of serious films this stands out as being tremendously good entertainment and a marvelous film.We love it.
Those not familiar or not fans of Baz's style stand a greater chance of not liking this (by Awakening124)
I'm familiar with, and love, Baz's style so Australia was another exciting endeavor into that style without trying to be another Moulin Rouge or Romeo and Juliet. As I was watching it, however, it occurred to me that those who don't REALLY know his style will find the movie over the top and ridiculous. When it comes to progressing atmosphere and tone, Australia is very close to R&J and Moulin Rouge. After a brief dramatic beginning it goes into a crazy, silly, zany stretch, and over the course of the film starts to turn into an epic drama. The world of this movie is <more>
heightened, especially in the beginning, just like R&J, Moulin Rouge, and even 300 and Sin City. What makes the heightened atmosphere a bit harder to understand is the relatively normal premise and surroundings providing a more realistic backdrop.That being said, I thought Australia was highly entertaining with great performances all around and a sweeping storyline that dared to go past normal boundaries. A typical film would have made the entire story about trying to drive the cattle across the country, but Australia goes one better and makes the end of that storyline the halfway point, instead opting for a much grander scale.There were a couple of creative choices that I would have made differently, but the only one that I feel even remotely strong about is something at the end that just sort of happens when it doesn't need to. I also think the should've been made for an R rating. I'm sure that Drovers curse more, bombings produce more blood, etc. It wouldn't have to be a hard R, but there were times when I felt that the PG-13 rating held the moment back from being more truthful.Because of the very particular style of the director, I would recommend to THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER SEEN A BAZ LUHRMAN MOVIE to rent Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge to get a taste of what they're in for with Australia. Those who go in completely unaware will most likely be blind-sided. Because of this, I completely expect a ton of wildly mixed reviews from critics and regular moviegoers alike.
What a glorious and entertaining journey to Australia (by screenwriter-14)
Australia is the big film an audience has been waiting for that ties in such a tremendous story and characters that rivet you from the opening scene to the very last moving frame. Nicole Kidman back in a film that brings out her lustrous beauty and talents. Hugh Jackman as the Drover is a perfect fit for Kidman and their chemistry jumps off the screen. The locations, sets and of course the action scenes of the cattle drive will capture your attention in an amazing production. Baz Luhrmann will no doubt be nominated for Oscar, and with Australia, as in MOULIN ROUGE, Luhrman brings you drama <more>
and romance and footage of a nation that is just waiting to be visited.My first time "down under" was the gorgeous Japanese STORY with a love story and travels through Australia with Toni Collette that still haunt me even today. Luhrmann brings that haunting beauty of cinematography and shots that will live in memory for a long time. Bringing the World War II scenes of the Japanese attack in Darwin ties in with the love story, as well as the theme of segregation of people of color in that nation. I look forward to watching how many kudos awards the film will garner in the upcoming weeks. Australia is a big, emotional and sensational film of character and story.
I have always been a sucker for dramas set against Australia I am a Yank , and this one does not disappoint. Led by top-shelf work by Kidman and Jackman, the movie has sweep, romance, excitement and a bit of mysticism. World War 2 has inspired some of the great films of the last half-century and this can emphatically be added to the list. Can it veer a bit towards melodrama, schmaltz and corn? Yes-but what great romantic epic does not? It pays homage to the great romantic war films while adding a dose of Baz's own quirkiness that keeps one from feeling they are seeing merely a facsimile. <more>
This kind of film is why they build movie theatres.
Australia surpasses hype with unexpected magic (by MovieZoo)
If you are thinking this movie is just another so-called epic and the performances are more of the same from familiar faces, you cannot possibly be ready for what you will witness when you see this truly exceptional wonder.I was drawn to Australia purely on fair expectations of Kidman and Jackman doing their cowboy stuff, thinking I will possibly see something reminiscent of Gone With the Wind. I found myself glued to a spell-binding splendor on screen that cinema has sorely needed for so many years.Both Kidman and Jackman seemed to equally put as much as is possible into their parts. She was <more>
truly funny and yet serious as her character demanded. She has never been any better in anything I have seen that does not include Far and AWay because I have not seen it . He, too, was funny and yet every bit as hard and serious as you would hope a man in his position would be. Both have their weak moments that drew more than a few tears from me.Baz showed how great a story teller he is by using all the hooks he can think of. Magic, music, love, memories, anger, fear, hate, awe and hope fill this movie as much as the natural beauty of Australia fills the screen. Don't think for one moment there was no soft imaging or CGI because there was when it was needed. Oh, and thanks for not letting Nicole sing the whole song. That was a wise choice. I think her voice is fine, I just think "that" song was not meant to be sung by anyone in the movie.Thank you, Baz, for such a memorable work of art. You and your creation get a 9 from me.
This was actually many stories end to end. If you have trouble sitting still and paying attention, then maybe go see an action flick. But there is a huge richness woven into it. Maybe a classic epic at times with the music and heavy romance, but it draws you in.And it does introduce a little known outside Australia piece of history out of WW2, namely that that Japanese planes bombed Darwin on the Australian mainland. Australia had its own Pearl Harbor. And the conservative wartime Prime Minister of Australia, Menzies not mentioned in the movie was prepared to give away the top half of <more>
Australia to somehow gain favor with England.So go see it. Give yourself over to it as a visually rich stage play with stunning scenery, heroes and villains, and lots of redemption.
After all of the publicity and the hype that preceded it, Baz Luhrmann's larger than life and highly entertaining epic, Australia, has finally arrived. (by MattsMovieReviews)
Here is a film that works on multiple levels; thrilling action adventure, detailed period piece, moving romance, stirring war movie, and it also continues the resurrection of the western.As a result, the sum of its vast parts make for a long running film 165 min , yet every minute is filled to the brim with captivating detail.What Luhrmann does well with Australia is tap into the majestic allure of the outback, and amplifies it. This is no surprise, since he is a master at approaching his material with a fantastical bent, creating truly memorable and often surreal sequences, which Australia <more>
provides plenty.Aboriginal culture and its relationship with nature, in particular, have fuelled Luhrmann's imaginative vision. The heart and soul of Australia lies within the mythology and customs of Australia's indigenous people, and their often tumultuous relationship with European settlers.This is made flesh in the form of young Nullah, a mixed race Aboriginal boy on the run from the authorities, who want to forcibly remove him from his home, and place him in a "civilised" environment. He is played by Brandon Walters, who is impressive in his debut performance.With Nullah playing narrator, the viewer is introduced to Lady Sarah Ashley Nicole Kidman , an English aristocrat who inherits her late husband's cattle station, which is located in the Northern Australian city of Darwin. Caught in a rivalry with fellow beef exporter King Carney Bryan Brown , Lady Ashley enlists the services of The Drover Hugh Jackman to herd 1500 head of cattle in order to fulfil a contract with the Australian Army.Both Kidman and Jackman two exceptionally gifted actors who, with the help of Australia, have overcome recent rocky patches in their careers provide noteworthy performances and believable on screen chemistry.Tall, pale, and thin, Kidman plays regal very well, courting an in full force stiff upper lip, that gives way to several funny moments, while trying to break out of her icy exterior. Of particular mention is her vain attempt to herd cattle; and a woeful rendition of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" to a clearly amused Walters.Jackman, meanwhile, evokes Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, and Humphrey Bogart to fine effect as the no nonsense, hands on Drover, while also providing eye candy for female viewers.Supporting roles are superbly fulfilled by top shelf Australian talent: Bryan Brown is effective yet given a disappointing limited amount of screen time; Jack Thompson seems to be gleefully enjoying his role as an alcoholic lawyer; and a scene stealing David Wenham is all evil smirks and nasty attitude as the films key villain.Yet the most impressive character in Australia has to be its awe inspiring and vibrant landscape, which is captured magnificently by cinematographer Mandy Walker.Unfortunately, the films use of artificial visual effects does clash with the natural beauty that the outback projects.Australia is a film which clearly parades its influences on screen. References to The African Queen, Gone with the Wind, and Big Country are particularly notable.Yet it is no mere carbon copy of the films from decades past. Rather, Australia is an enchanting throwback to an era of film-making which strived to entertain its audiences with dazzling spectacle and melodrama, coupled with a historical snapshot of circa early 1940s Darwin, and all of the beauty and ugliness that comes with it.
Baz Luhrmann has done a great job with 'Australia'. While cliché's and political agenda runs rife, this is set nicely into an historic, epic story in three distinct acts.Great casting - Hugh Jackman was what the role needed, and he played the role very well. Nicole Kidman, while being rubbished by several critics, appeared somewhat typecast in her role, but that style was exactly what the role needed, and I think she did a great job at pulling it off. However, I think that the standout performances actually came from Brandon Walters in his first film , Jack Thompson in a minor <more>
role and David Wenham who brought 'aussie sleaze' to a new level. Unfortunately, I had trouble believing in Ben Mendelsohn's character of Captain Dutton, but seemed to finish on a high, pulling the 'British stiff upper lip' thing fairly well.Luhrman's epic was long, and had the full gamut of Luhrmanesque style, which we've come to love through his films. Stylised backgrounds, unique, visual approaches, and a sense of humour that is truly Luhrman, flood the film bringing a rich Australian environment.'Australia' presents to the world, perhaps a very different Australia to what a lot of people think. While the fictional characters and some of the style is very reminiscent of "Gone with the Wind", the historical Darwin during the 'Stolen Generation' era and the impact of World War Two on Australia's doorstep may be a new insite to many.I enjoyed 'Australia' a lot. While it wasn't the best film I've ever seen, I definitely think it's worth looking at - even if it's just to see what Baz Luhrman has done.
In 1939, the aristocratic Lady Sarah Ashley Nicole Kidman travels from Great Britain to Australia to meet her husband Maitland Ashley in northern Australia. The husband's drover Hugh Jackman comes to the city of Darwin to bring Sarah to their farm; however, when they reach Faraway Downs Farm, they find that Maitland was murdered apparently by the aborigine King George David Gulpilil . Sarah befriends the half-breed boy Nullah Brandon Walters , who tells her that the administrator Neil Fletcher David Wenham is stealing her cattle; has killed her husband; and is working for the <more>
cattle baron King Carney Bryan Brown . Sarah fires Fletcher and his men and together with Drover, Nullah and a group of loyal employees, they ride together to bring the cattle to supply the army and win a tender in times of war. But the ambitious Fletcher has other intentions and uses Nullah to press Sarah."Australia" is an enjoyable romantic adventure in times of war. The story is narrated by the storyteller Nullah and uses many historical events in Australia. For example, the lost generation was wonderfully depicted by Phillip Noyce in his "Rabbit-Proof Fence" and is brought back in this story. The movie has some moments of soap-opera, is too long but never boring. My vote is eight.Title Brazil : "Australia"