A romantic epic set in Australia prior to World War II that centers on an English aristocrat who inherits a large ranch.When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle drover to protect her ranch.
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Messy but engrossing epic about race, love, and war.
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Rotten: Jackman has musical-theater chops and knows how to sell material this ham-handed; Kidman isn't quite as deft.
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Rotten: One wonders if there are any tablecloth cliches about Australia that have been missed.
- Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010
Rotten: Australia is so damnably eager to please that it feels like being pinned down by a giant overfriendly dingo and having your face licked for about three hours: theoretically endearing but, honestly, kind of gross.
- Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, Wednesday, November 26, 2008
This two and half hours epic combines several genres and the style of old Hollywood classics to a highly entertaining bunch of kitsch. The film starts out as a romantic comedy, then turns into an adventure movie and lastly into a war drama with plenty of historical aspects, and yet manages to convince in most aspects of those genres. That's mostly thanks to the breathtaking cinematography, which is full of quirky gimmicks, and the great cast. The chemistry between Jackman and Kidman is working out fine, but the big winner of the film is undoubtedly newcomer Brandon Walters as half-aboriginal kid, who easily charms the audience with his talent and amiability. Sure, some of the comedic parts are a bit over the top, but so is pretty much everything else about the film. If you accept that, the long runtime passes by in an instant. There is love, there is war, there is adventure, all on a huge scale and not ashamed to joyfully bathe in the stereotypes of its classic Hollywood predecessors. And I can't begin to appreciate enough that Baz Luhrman chose an ending for this film that breaks with the conventions of the love drama genre. I applaud him for that. Yes, it's kitsch, but at least it's huge kitsch. If you like that, you're in for a treat.
- ironclad1609, Monday, May 3, 2010
I think that this movie can be better than this.. Okay, it has great views but it's too computerized.. I'm actually expecting more than this movie. It's not that bad but it's not that good either.
- citawijaya, Saturday, September 26, 2009
Filmed on location DOWN UNDER and also Oscar nominated...Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman join forces with visionary director Baz Luhrmann for an spectacle western epic and romance action adventure set during the brink of World War II. When an English aristocrat(Kidman)travels to the faraway continent,she meets rough-hewn cattle driver(Jackman)and an enchanting Aboriginal child(newcomer Brandon Walters). This unlikely trio joins forces and embarks on a transforming journey,driving a herd of cattle across hundreds of miles of the world's most beautiful,yet unforgiven terrain of the outback. When their world is torn apart by powerful enemies,they must try to find each other amidst the bombing of the city of Darwin by the Japanese forces that attacked Pearl Harbor. Luhrmann gives a widescreen painting of a vast canvas,creating a cinematic experience that brings together one of the big-budget down under spectacles that became one of the biggest hits of 2008.
- rayman0071, Monday, August 17, 2009