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This is a tongue-in-cheek movie; A proper rich British lady goes to Australia to run a cattle station with cliché Australian stereotypes. Handsome but rugged Hugh Jackman meets her. Comedic drunks, fights, sexual innuendo's, Japanese bombings, stealing of indigenous children by whites, competing bad guys, weather, cattle drives, military & just plain old fun movie at the beginning of WW 2.. Not a GREAT movie but a good Aussie western, fun movie. It's PG
Put a shrimp on the Barbie and drink a Fosters lager while watching this.
The thing that turned me off about "Australia" is that I wasn't prepared to see a "western" of sorts. The storyline was slow moving and I found myself skimming through through much of it.I did find the love scenes between Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman worth watching. I didn't really think of Australia as an epic movie because there were rarely any "sweeping" scenes of this beautiful country. And frankly that plus the romantic aspect of this film is what drew me to it. I should also point out that I found the one scene of a kangaroo being shot very disturbing as well as another of a man being killed by way of a large arrow through his body. Viewers should know that "Australia" has a fair amount of violence, which was a real turn off for me.
The cinematic equivalent of your kid talking all throughout a film. The kid in this film is obnoxious! Useless, grating, and a right old pan in the kiester. Overall, slow, boring, and uninteresting, and of course the kid is annoying. Unless you want to see all of Luhrman's films, this film is worth a pass
The filming style was a little out of the ordinary, i.e. the camera got super close-up on people's faces to capture emotions, but other than that, the movie was really good. It kept me hooked from the beginning to the end. And if anyone likes Hugh Jackman, this is the movie to watch. I was left with the thought that I wanted to have more scenes with him in it. I would recommend this to anyone.
Directed by Baz Luhrmann, this is a 2008 Australian-American-British historical adventure-romance set between 1939 and 1942 against a dramatised backdrop of events across northern Australia at the time.
The Bombing of Darwin, also known as the Battle of Darwin, on 19 February 1942 was the largest single attack ever mounted by a foreign power on Australia.
On that day, 242 Japanese aircraft, in two separate raids, attacked the town, ships in Darwin's harbour and the town's two airfields in an attempt to prevent the Allies from using them as bases to contest the invasion of Timor and Java during World War II.
The Japanese inflicted heavy losses upon Allied forces at little cost to themselves.
The urban areas of Darwin also suffered some damage from the raids and there were a number of civilian casualties.
More than half of Darwin's civilian population left the area permanently, during or immediately after the attack.
The only Japanese force which landed in Australia during the war was a small reconnaissance party which landed in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia on 19 January 1944 to investigate reports that the Allies were building large bases in the region.
This party consisted of four Japanese officers on board a small fishing boat and it investigated the York Sound region for a day and a night before returning to Kupang in Timor on 20 January.
While the junior officer who commanded the party suggested using 200 Japanese prison inmates to launch a guerrilla campaign in Australia when he returned to Japan in February, nothing came of this and the officer was posted to other duties.
According to historian Peter Stanley, "No historian of standing believes the Japanese had a plan to invade Australia, there is not a skerrick of evidence."
In any case, it is an interesting and fascinating adventure-romance.
A breathtakingly beautiful film about a relatively unknown time in Australia's history. Bringing light to the sorrows faced by Aboriginal Australians, this movie is important as well as wildly entertaining.
An epic masterpiece, with heroic and memorable characters, honor against villainy, a touching and uplifting story, and majestic scenery.
It's a great touching epic movie.
I was so impressed with the spiritual contents thruout the film and all those actors' performances; especially, the young boy playing a main role was just incredible and amazing. I liked this movie very much!
I must have been living under a rock, as this is the first movie in which I remember Hugh Jackman. What a great actor. The other actors were equally good, making this a wonderful movie. The story line was a bit disorientated but, the setting and acting helped ease through the bumps of the story. I will happily watch it again in a few years.
With its beautiful cinematography, “Australia” is the kind of adventure film that simply transports you to another place and time. And while I truly enjoyed it, if you’re interested in watching another film focusing on aboriginal children in this continent, I recommend “Rabbit-Proof Fence”.
what a shame ... this could have been a great movie if they could have decided on a storyline and a filming style. Were they trying to film a historical romance, a war epic, a coming-of-age story, a fable? There was heartfelt acting all around and some great cinematography, but none of the elements ever really gelled.
All in all I thought it was a really bad movie. I wanted to like it cause I'm a big fan of both Hugh Jackman and David Wenham. Neither of them, nor NIcole Kidman, could save this muddle of ridiculous plot points and cartoon characterizations. I liked the middle part (the drove) and the little boy. The beginning was weird and the last half hour was overwrought and silly. Luhrmann borrows plots, situations, and lines from multiple other movies, which only highlights the lameness of his own movie. As for the acting, generally it's okay, although Hugh Jackman, excellent in the saddle and the bedroom, fails in moments of grief or complex sadness. The hackneyed script doesn't help, of course, but I don't think he could pull these emotions off in the best of circumstances. Maybe if he were singing he'd be better. I couldn't help but compare his facsimile of sadness to Ralph Fiennes' wrenching despair in the Constant Gardner (one of the movies Luhrmann borrows from.) I saw this movie as a cross between lots of other films: Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, The Man from Snowy River, The Constant Gardner, Last of the Mohicans, Rabbit Fence, some WW II movies (can't think which) .and many others. I didn't like Baz Luhrmann before I saw this, and now I strongly dislike him.
Why the Australians would want to make a movie as historically accurate as "The Patriot" and "Pearl Harbor" is beyond me, but at least they did a better job of it. (Did someone intend the irony of having Nicole Kidman put on an English accent in an Australian film?)
Very good movie. We enjoyed it very much. Nicole Kidman & Hugh Jackman played their role very well.
Positives: A beautifully filmed movie with admirable cinematography and effects, and gorgeous landscapes. Actors Kidman and Jackman make an incomparably beautiful lead pair and as always deliver. They are a treat to the eyes to watch and a believable couple. A nice array of themes explored in this movie, might enlighten some of us who haven't had much exposure to Australian WWII history (though of course, not sure how accurate the film is in this regard).
Negatives: The multiple themes in "Australia" seem to conflict at times. Sometimes it seems they want to focus on the issue of racism, or perhaps its a portrayal of aboriginal lifestyle, and here and there it becomes comedic and then a warfront. Although watching it all come together is still enjoyable, you're left without an overall impression or message that might have been desired.
Coming from Baz Luhrmann, it's inevitable CHEESY. Then again, that's obvious. But it's a film that could be categorized into the "epic" genre and that's why we love it!
One of the best movies I ever watched!I hope theres a book about it!=]
Not sure what the hoopla was all about in this true story of the lost generation of Australia.
Kidmann & Jackman take us back to WWII in Aussieland while trying to save the children of war.
Excellent scenery, good acting, true story
12+ age would be ok for this story
A truly wonderful and a racing pluse of excitment. Great action adventure, great story and acting by all the cast for this movie. Great romance, and riveting scenes with episodes of war, racism, and other mature themes. Well done indeed! I highly recommend it! Enjoy!
a bit predictable but i enjoyed the scenery plus history i was not aware of
Unexpectedly funny in parts, but generally a contrived and over the top, silly film.