Sunday, November 30, 2008


Movie reviews should be left to the professionals. I do read them sometimes but what get's me to choke up eight bucks are the principals in the film or a recommendation from a trusted friend. Some I trust more than others. I do enjoy sitting in a large movie theater with other people watching the big screen. It's the communal story telling that brings me to the campfire.

For me to recommend a movie it doesn't have to be perfect, what is these days, but it needs to be entertaining. Australia, though way too long, did give me eight dollars worth of entertainment. If you can sit through this very long movie it does have some moments. It seems like a good old fashion western with good guys, and bad guys and Hugh Jackman.

It does touch on a horrible part of Australian history that, for the good of the child, removed Aboriginal children from their homes to "study" at a mission school. If you've seen Rabbit Proof Fence you'll know what their Stolen Generations went through. America was no better with removing our Native American children from the reservations to ship them off to boarding schools to learn the "American" ways. That meant death to their culture.

What I liked:
  • Hugh Jackman
  • the precious little Nullah
  • Hugh Jackman without a shirt
  • the cinematography
  • Hugh Jackman in a tux

What I didn't like:
  • Too much CGI for the broad cattle stampede (way too fake)
  • Too long
  • Not enough Hugh Jackman
  • Brian Brown's character was not developed, sadly. Hell, they had the time.
So if you are in need of seeing Hugh Jackman or maybe Nicole Kidman and you can sit for 165 minutes break loose with eight bucks and give it a try. I'd be interested in your review.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous6:39 AM

    I LOVED "Australia". Saw it twice on opening day and plan to see it again at least weekly while it's on the big screen. All of the scenes with Hugh Jackman are my favorites, but I also think Nicole Kidman was surprisingly good. The dance scenes, with Jackman in white dinner jacket - be still my heart. It's easy to see why People magazine named him "Sexiest Man Alive" this year - although I've known it since I discovered the wonders of Hugh years ago.