uplifting with fantastic scenery (by pelicanbarbara)
I thought this one of the best movies I have seen in a long, long time and up there with the Castle and the Dish. I thought the acting throughout good and especially Michael Caton and the actor who played Tilley who I found to be a lovable rogue. The story line was sad, but was very thought provoking when thinking about and discussion euthanasia. All in all I really enjoyed the story and especially loved seeing the outback of Australia. I cried a lot but I also laughed a lot and would recommend this movie to any age except children of course and hope that many people go to see it. I also <more>
hope that it is up there when the movie award come out.
An Australian Classic that will make you laugh and cry (by gallae)
I saw this film yesterday, choosing it over both "Fantastic Four" and "The Man from UNCLE" and it was a good choice. The trailer - which I saw on tube - only gives you the basic scenario of the film, but NOT what it's about. I have to admit I chose it because it featured Michael Caton, who was also in another classic Aussie film *The Castle*. He, and the other actors in this film have been cast really well. I particularly like Ningali Lawford-Wolf as Polly, and Mark Coles Smith as Tilley.The film made me laugh and cry, partly because it tapped into my own family <more>
history, But I loved the background to this story - the red and greens of the outback, the houses with tin roofs and rock fences - they remind me of Kalgoorlie where I lived at an early age . Also the film, which is based on a play by Reg Cribb, doesn't shy away from social issues that won't go away, but is ultimately uplifting in what it says.
I actually signed up to IMDb just to write this review. Having stumbled upon this film by accident, I couldn't have been more moved. Michael Caton delivers an Oscar worthy performance that had me in tears throughout. In fact the entire cast deliver a completely immersive experience that transported me to the Australian outback, in particular the actors who played Polly and Tilly. And there is no doubt the performances would have shone so brightly without an incredible script. The story is one of both joy and sadness and despite the fact I hate to cry I just could not stop watching. I am a <more>
huge fan of the film Australia because of the incredible scenery, which is partly why I decided to give this which I heard nothing about a try. I was not disappointed. Everything about this film is beautiful.
What a terrific film on all levels. It's been released for a few weeks now, but drew a reasonable sized crowd on a Sunday night on the back of strong press reviews. I think it's going to continue to pull in crowds on the strength of word of mouth recommendations. Including mine.Generally I'm not a fan of Australian films but this one is great. Starting with the cast. Michael Caton was excellent and had surprising depths in his performance that I never expected him to have. The only weak link in the cast is Jackie Weaver, despite having "Academy Award Nominee" forever <more>
attached to her name now. Even though many of the support cast were not well known actors, only Weaver's acting was poor. She looked like "I'm acting this" with nearly every line she delivered. The young guy who played Tilly was fantastic - and surprisingly convincing in his one emotionally vulnerable scene.Secondly, the script. I heard one radio reviewer say that the dialogue by 'blackfellas' in movies is usually very obviously written by white writers, and rarely rings 'true'. Similarly, writers who want to shoehorn Australian colloquialisms into a movie or stage play often do it in a very clumsy way. But in Last Cab to Darwin, the dialogue does ring true and the writers are to be congratulated.Next, the themes. This is not a 90 minute 'quickie' of a movie. It has real depth, not just on the issue of euthanasia, but also on black/white prejudices in country Australia, and the movie doesn't skirt around indigenous social problems either.Then there's the scenery. Spectacular. And I bet the places featured along Rex's road trip enjoy an upturn in visitor numbers in the next year or so as a result of this film.Finally there's the humour. It is quintessentially Australian dry humour and it's quick and subtle and sprinkled throughout. The best line is the one about the dog's name. Still making me chuckle even now - as much as anything because you didn't see it coming at the time and Michael Caton's delivery was perfect.As Molly Meldrum would say: do yourself a favour and go and see it.
Every now and again, a movie strikes home for me. We all suffer loss and have fears of the unknown. A movie like Last Cab to Darwin finds a way to address both in a palatable, but in a touching, oh-so human way.Kudos to the ensemble for the fine acting, wonderful cinematography, directing, and imagery invoked in scene after scene. This is an intelligent, deeply moving story. The film's two dimensional representations of rural Australia and it's inhabitants belie the depth of this story. These were artfully used as the canvas upon which complicated characters and rich allegorical <more>
reflections on life were illustrated. Any time there seemed to be a cliché developing, it was spun into an important insight or revelation.Michael Caton's portrayal of Rex was simply amazing. A good actor's work will be described as believable...realistic. But a performance like this one goes beyond believable. You feel like you have always known this character personally. He is the workaday everyman. He could be your neighbor, an old friend, or a mate from work that you have beers with on payday. You are comfortable around him. When he hurts, you feel real compassion for him. You share in his feelings of fulfillment when he triumphs. Caton takes you along on this ride, not by force, but because you don't want to leave him. He asks for nothing, yet the grip of this character is so powerful you can't turn away from him. He is quietly deserving. We want to give to him. He is us, after all. We give to him as we would like to give to ourselves.See this movie. It's a gem.
A human tale where everybody seems real... except the doctor. (by indieke)
This is the kind of movie, when I was young I took a bus ticket to town for, and went in a small art movie theater watch original movies.The story is simple, but the actors look like they have been filmed, not playing a role, but living it. Sure there are a few flaws. The Doctor not looks real, compared to the other characters, some people encountered are a bit too stereotype, but you always get involved with this "normal" Joe Taxi driver.The pace is slow, but nevertheless, you are at the edge of your seat, what will happen next. I got sentimental in the beginning of the movie, what <more>
he would do to the dog. It even upset me so much, that I thought now the movie was ruined for me. Lucky it did not, and I saw the best, most human movie this year.
Nearness to Death is Opportunity to Reassess Life (by Raven-1969)
"Drink your beer and shut up" is the essence of male culture in Australia. "Mateship" is the term for it. Rex, a 70 year old cab driver from Broken Hill in New South Wales, finds – as he must have already felt for a long time - that mateship is a double edged sword. He is diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer and can't bring himself to tell his friends or the woman he secretly loves. "There's no one else," he tells his doctor. Instead he drives his cab 2,000 plus miles across the Australian outback to Darwin where there is a newly opened and <more>
experimental euthanasia clinic. "Why," asks the woman who might have been his wife "did you not tell me?!" "You never asked," answers Rex, matter-of-factly. Rex has never seen the sea, among other things, and his eyes are opened to new scenery and people. His nearness to death is an opportunity to reassess his life and, like Odysseus, for adventure.While much of the film is drama and serious in nature, it is also light-hearted. A mechanic tells Rex to keep his fluids up while driving in the desert, and Rex promptly goes into the bar for beer. One theme is the plight of Australia's aborigines. Whites took away much of their culture and stories, and as a result, who they are. The acting is really wonderful, especially the lead who is a veteran of Australian films and television and well-loved for such roles for his entire life. I love the ornate and wonderful arts and crafts homes as well as the scenery of Australia. The film is loosely based on a true story. The only real drawbacks are that it is somewhat predictable and short. Seen at the Toronto International Film Festival 2015.
Michael Caton and the Australian outback star in an uplifting tale (by manders_steve)
Michael Caton, a locally well known Australian actor in his early 70s totally looks and acts the part of cancer-stricken cab driver Rex from Broken Hill searching for a possible way out in Darwin, nearly 2,000 kilometres away. He produces a rivetingly strong performance that tells a challenging story really well. If you've never seen the Australian outback or met a few of its characters, this isn't a bad place to start. Ningali Lawford-Wolf, Rex's neighbour Polly is just wonderful, and I wish more time had been devoted to their relationship, because the conflicts, challenges and <more>
unspoken reserve that underpinned the subtleties of this part of the tale deserved more. Emma Hamilton as Julie, a backpacker from London working at the Daly Waters pub shone in the subtle sensitivity of her character. Tilly, a young indigenous man and fellow traveller didn't convince with the clichéd predictability of his dialogue and actions, but provided some funny moments and several useful plot components. Jackie Weaver as pioneering GP Dr Nicole Farmer which I understand was loosely based on real life Dr Philip Nitshke was an unconvincing let down. No doubt she helped the bankability of the film, but was probably not the best actor for the role.But the total package provides a really thought provoking and surprisingly uplifting view of aspects of life we tend to shun, with Michael Caton and the Australian outback the prime contributors.
A road movie with loads of heart and spirit. Another great Australian film (by david-rector-85092)
Michael Caton has been a fixture on Australian screens since the 1970's thanks to TV shows like 'The Sullivans' and 'Packed to the Rafters'. His voice is quintessentially Aussie and his face and personality have made him a household name. His casting for this film is perfect and I can't even imagine another actor as Rex; so perfect is Caton, and such a gift for an actor who has mostly been the family uncle or grandad. Here he is, front and centre; stoic, three dimensional and instantly likable. Director Jeremy Sims, himself a TV and film actor, has elicited an award <more>
worthy performance from the veteran, but also helps young actor Mark Coles Smith as Tilly, make one of the year's best supporting turns. The camera just loves his wicked grin and his playful, easy charm. The film pulls no punches with some of the content surrounding both the indigenous characters such as Tilly, or the circumstances and realities of euthanasia. I was disappointed with Jacki Weaver here: she never looks or sounds comfortable with her character, and that is unfortunate as it is a linchpin to the film's trajectory, but Caton's 'Rex' is so unforgettable, that he carries even the weaker elements of the movie. Beautifully photographed and capturing the visceral parts of the landscape and the terrain, 'Last Cab To Darwin' is not a perfect film, but an enjoyable and significant one, and a rewarding one for its leading actor.