Australia Movie Reviews

Australia

Australia

Release Date: Nov 26, 2008

Genre: Action/AdventureSuspense/Thriller

Rating: (PG-13)

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  • 5
    This is my favorite movie we have seen in a very long time. If you enjoy-GREAT scenery, good acting, entertaing and interesting story,then you will enjoy this movie. Didn't know what to expect, but even my husband who never likes these types of movies, enjoyed this one! It is long, time wise, but didn't seem long when actually sitting there--went buy fast!
  • 5
    this film is fantastic!! it is very moving: full of people risking their lives for each other, love & family, against treachery & losses. it is an epic: a western, with a very gripping cattle scene; deals with racism; a look into the history & anthropology & spirituality & gorgeous nature of the country. plus a steamy romance. a success!!
  • 3
    Though the scenery is beautiful Australia the movie seems to be lacking in something. I think it is probably the fact that the movie is trying so hard to be something important and epic and yet, probably because it is trying so hard, it misses its target. And at almost three hours this movie is way too long, three hours and no intermission. Although I have to admit that three hours of Australian accents is almost enough to keep me entertained (two hours and I would say yes).

    I thought Hugh Jackman was wonderful and he did a great job with what he was given, and as always very nice to look at. Nicole Kidman was OK, she has been better before but she is still a wonderful actor and worth watching. The fact that the whole thing was shot in Australia with an Australian cast probably means that a lot of people from Australia will love this movie.

    And though I loved both Romeo and Juliet and Strictly Ballroom I don’t think Baz Luhrmann (writer and director) did as well on this movie. It is just a little too ambitious. I think it could have been a lot more fun if it had been cut down and stuck to just one of the stories instead of the many that were running through the movie. It’s not horrible but I wouldn’t suggest paying $10 to see it, but I would suggest you wait a few months and add it to your queue in Netflix.
  • 3
    Clearly one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Self indulgent, miscast, predictable, poorly written, too long, bad on so many levels. I can't tell you how many times I said "what did he say"? and thinking "this is what will happen now". Scenes were dizzying with most being 2-4 seconds long (can you remember "A Mighty Heart" - unwatchable). I think Critics are being generous in their reviews. Bryan Brown was well cast, but David Wenham as Fletcher was not to be taken seriously as a "bad guy". Hugh Jackman is great looking and was believeable with what he had to work with. Nicole Kidman was over the top. King George's character was the best, but he had no english lines. The movie should've ended prior to the World War II invasion. I was hoping to see the beauty and majesty of Northern Australia, but couldn't tell what was digital and actual footage. I think the movie intended to be an Australian "epic" with an all Aussie cast, filmed on location, etc. but ended being too ambitious an undertaking for those involved. I wouldn't recommend seeing it.
  • 2
    Boring and schmatzy epic about Australia just before World War II. This is a very cheesy way to make a film about a country and it’s people: the aborigines are “noble savages” who literally gaze down on everything in the film from the mountains and are truly “in touch” with the land. The bad guys here, meanwhile, literally shoot puppies. So yeah, there’s not a lot of nuance. Hugh Jackman is wasted doing nothing but directing cattle for about an hour-and-a-half. Nicole Kidman spends the movie trying to look intense.


    This film is being compared to Gone With the Wind, but there is no comparison. Neither the overaching story or the characters’ various personal complications in Australia are even a fraction as interesting as in that film. The one thing that does shine through is the cinematography—it is at times amazing. If the eye candy is enough to keep you occupied for almost three hours, this is the movie for you. If not, skip it.
  • 2
    No one loves Baz Luhrmann movies as much as Baz Luhrmann. The smugness almost drips off the screen in the pompous writer-director’s story of World War II as told from Down Under. Perhaps it’ll be great for the Australian tourism industry, as there are plenty of long, sweeping shots of the landscape. But this movie is almost three hours long, and it feels like four. It just really, really drags, even when stars Nicole Kidman (as an English aristocrat in trouble) and Hugh Jackman (as her rugged savior ) deliver fine performances. Luhrmann’s obsessive attention to visual detail worked well in smaller doses, like Moulin Rouge! Or even Romeo Juliet. But apparently there was no one to reign him in on this movie, and it shows. There’s endless time wasted with shots of cattle being driven across the landscape, lots of war footage (eventually,when the Japanese bomb the city of Darwin) and of course…more Australia! Epic? Definitely. Interesting? Not so much.

    As for the controversial changed ending—yeah, it’s pretty lame. But contrary to the rumors being spread, the studio didn’t force it on Luhrmann. He has final cut and okayed it. So, once again, blame him.
  • 3
    Good, but not great. Great actors giving okay performances and the picture just looked amazing, but the story just did not do it for me. Much of the characters seem like stereotypes of the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin - even Nicile Kidman seems typecast as a prudish English woman - if there is any other type.

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