Review of Australia
Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman in an ambitious but entertaining epic by Baz Luhrman.
Set in Australia at the beginning of World War II the film starts out, introduced and narrated by a young half Aboriginal boy. The story is not overly complex, English Lady’s husband as gone to Australia (Oz) to farm a cattle ranch and she goes to Australia just as war is breaking. I am not going to spoil the story but the film is a tale of how Lady Sarah Ashley (Kidman) hires the aid of a drover to move her cattle to the port of Darwin for sale while passing near a competitor cattle ranch. One the way some disasters strike, war breaks out, and Lady Sarah tries to save the young boy from separation.
The story is somewhat predictable, but ties in the Wizard of Oz and also modern and recent Australian history. Although in parts the story gets a bit slow, (it is a long film), its not a bad film. Some of the scenery is CGI enhanced or in the case of 1940’s Darwin, totally computer generated, it doesn’t look too bad.
The young boy’s thick Aboriginal accent is a bit tough to understand but you do get used to it.
The film is not a classic, its a bit long, a bit predictable, but certainly a good watch.