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SJ Reviews" 'Australia'...Sweeping epic in old-style Hollywood fashion (3)


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Do not go to this movie unless you are a fan of the old fashioned sweeping epics in the mold of 'How the West was won' etc..

This is superbly filmed with wonderfil scenery and a story that 'tries' to cover a vast part of Aussie lore. Its focused on the cattle industry, big surpise, which allows the epic western look/feel. Kidman is a widowed English lady who is battling evil cattle ranch owners who are after the ranch she now runs since hubby croaked. This is where Hugh Jackman comes in to save the day but also bof teh starlet,,

Ths Aussie cast of Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham, Jack Thompson, and Bryan Brown is fine, with Kidman maybe seeming the most out of character..

It is what it is..Grand bigger than life movie that has all the typivcal plots and ups and dpowns.

Its enjoyable if you are into the old timey Hollywood epics..

Be warned if yo uare not however.

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Do not go to this movie unless you are a fan of the old fashioned sweeping epics in the mold of 'How the West was won' etc..

This is superbly filmed with wonderfil scenery and a story that 'tries' to cover a vast part of Aussie lore. Its focused on the cattle industry, big surpise, which allows the epic western look/feel. Kidman is a widowed English lady who is battling evil cattle ranch owners who are after the ranch she now runs since hubby croaked. This is where Hugh Jackman comes in to save the day but also bof teh starlet,,

Ths Aussie cast of Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham, Jack Thompson, and Bryan Brown is fine, with Kidman maybe seeming the most out of character..

It is what it is..Grand bigger than life movie that has all the typivcal plots and ups and dpowns.

Its enjoyable if you are into the old timey Hollywood epics..

Be warned if yo uare not however.

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Thanks for the review SJ.

As much as I love Bryan Brown and Jack Thompson for the work they have done over the years for Aussie Films (Gallipoli, Breaker Morant, etc) this just looks like an Aussie Tourism commercial.

I may watch this film if it hits HBO next year.

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Thanks for the review SJ.

As much as I love Bryan Brown and Jack Thompson for the work they have done over the years for Aussie Films (Gallipoli, Breaker Morant, etc) this just looks like an Aussie Tourism commercial.

I may watch this film if it hits HBO next year.

well i thought goin in maybe also,,but then i realized it only takes place asically over a few year perios in late 30s,,so no opera house, bridge etc...

just nature shots...

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well i thought goin in maybe also,,but then i realized it only takes place asically over a few year perios in late 30s,,so no opera house, bridge etc...

just nature shots...

As much as the Australian Tourism Commission likes to beat the Opera House and Harbour Bridge to death they do love the pics of the "outback."

Australia joined World War 2 in 1939. This film seems to ignore all of that and focus on a very sore spot in Australian history, the treatment of Aboriginal's, and make it out to be heroic.

I'm not cool with that. Baz went for the grandeur of the scenery and made a mockery of that period in time.

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