Friday, August 5, 2011

Australia (2008)

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, & David Wenham
Rated PG-13 for some violence, a scene of sensuality, and brief strong language

I have to say, I love this movie! I think its probably one of the best romance movies that's been released in recent memory, plus it has quite a bit of action that will appeal to the man in your life. So grab your sweetie, and read on.

Here's the plot:
"In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station after her husband is murdered. When an Australian cattle baron plots to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man, known only as the Drover, to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces." (from Internet Movie Database)

So, I love love this movie. It gives you the passion of a romance, the bite of an action flick, and the richness of a period film. Hugh Jackman is amazing. We finally get to hear his native accent, albeit it is tinged with the growl-iness of Wolverine, but is nonetheless divine. He's perfect as the bitter, disillusioned, independent Drover, who still has a soft heart and a vulnerability that balances out his arrogance. Nicole Kidman is the cold-proper-English-Lady-turned-passionate-heroine who always does what she hopes is the right thing. Personally, I think she has no facial expression and that her way of showing any emotion is by widening her eyes, but otherwise, she does very well.

We get to see another side to actor David Wenham. You may remember him as Faramir from Lord of the Rings. Ring a bell? Well, he usually plays well-meaning good guys, but in this film, he is the quintissential slimy, sleazy bad guy with one hell of an accent. We are also introduced to Brandon Walters, a kid with easily the most beautiful brown eyes I've ever seen!

He's absolutely adorable!

The movie shows all the different aspects of Australia. We get to see the red, barren North lands, the lushness of a billabong, the dry heat of the Never-Never desert, and the jungle of the mission island. The 40s are stylish and well represented, including the prejudices still held between blacks and whites and Australia's forced assimilation of Aboriginal children.

I admit, I had tears in my eyes on various occasions. You'd have to have a heart of stone to not feel something with this film. While it may run a little long (2.45 hours!), it still is a joy to watch time and time again.

Happy watching!!!

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