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Sorry Baz

When Mum said she'd like to go see Australia, I thought she meant the country, so naturally I was all up for it...

We've just returned from watching Baz Luhrmann's Australia, and my overriding reaction to this film is WTF??? largely because of the plot which is corny, clichéd and flimsy. I suppose the actors tried their best but really, I couldn't bring myself to care about any of their one-dimensional characters, and the whole thing just bored me silly.

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suze2000
Jan. 5th, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)
Get in line.

It's not just that Kidman is shit, but the overblown production - like it was Gone With The Wind - which made it ridiculous. There was laughter in the theatre where I was during the big kissing scene.

Note to Baz: it would have been an okay movie without Nicole and those 50s production values. They were fine at the time, but this isn't then. Also could have been a better film without trying to make a political statement about the Stolen Generation. I have no objection to Nulla's story (that little boy was the best thing in the film), it just would have been better if it was what it was without your stupid subtitles at the end. People who want to know more could ask questions or Google it. :P
gamiila
Jan. 5th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
Also could have been a better film without trying to make a political statement about the Stolen Generation.

Indeed. Rabbit Proof Fence did a much better job of portraying the plight of the children that were forcibly taken from their Aboriginal families, and the shocklingly racist ideas the policy was based on.

The thing that struck me about Australia is that it was basically two films stuck back to front -- and really, both halves could have done with some serious editing as the whole was just one garbled, rambling mess.

As far as performances go, this was easily Nicole Kidman's worst (of the films I've seen her in); she's the most unconvincing aristocratic Englishwoman I've ever seen. Her accent was all over the place and her dialogue was atrocious (although that last's hardly her fault). Hugh Jackman looked good and rode well, but I couldn't detect the slightest hint of chemistry between him and Kidman, and so the romance failed to convince.

The boy that played Nullah was, and the old man that played his grandfather (and the drunken rag of a bookkeeper) were the only ones worth watching, I thought...and David Wenham's villain was the most unconvincing of all.
pohewa
Jan. 5th, 2009 09:59 am (UTC)
Sorry, have to disagree. Absolutely loved Australia.Fantastic film, beautifully done.
gamiila
Jan. 5th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Different strokes, eh?
married_n_mich
Jan. 5th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
I haven't heard one good comment about this movie. I guess they were going for the epic 'Gone with the Wind' style of movie and failed miserably.
gamiila
Jan. 5th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
Personally, as far as Gone With The Wind is concerned, "frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." But at least there, the action is believable, and the story much more coherent. Australia is just a jumble of pretensious half-arsed ideas, and at over two hours, at least an hour too long.
married_n_mich
Jan. 5th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Personally, as far as Gone With The Wind is concerned, "frankly my dear, I don't give a damn

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