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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review of film: “AUSTRALIA” – Somewhere, over the Rainbow (-- a WAR & RACISM looms)

Review of film:    AUSTRALIA   Somewhere, over the Rainbow (-- a WAR & RACISM looms) =
                   [ Rating:  8.5 of 10 stars ]
Date Rated: Nov 21, 2008 | Rel. Date: Nov 26, 2008
(Based on an advance preview:) This latest Baz Luhrmann film is set (strangely enough) in Australia, and covers the period of 1939-1941...

...  At virtually 3 hours in length, it covers a wide-ranging scope of personal and historical stories:

...  NICOLE KIDMAN plays the wife of an Englishman trying to run a cattle ranch in competition with BRYAN BROWN (King Carney) who runs a near monopoly in the industry...

...  In time, (following the killing of her husband), she enlists the aid of independent Drover (HUGH JACKMAN), who tries to champion the rights of the indigenous people and in particular a mulatto Aborigine boy named Nullah (wonderfully played by BRANDON WALTERS)...

...  The first 2 hours of the film concern a cattle drive, and the last hour involves the little-known WIORLD WAR II Japanese ATTACKS on Darwin in northern Australia during 1942-43...

...  While the movie is not "great", [I found it to be] VERY GOOD overall, with some fine acting, a bunch of “MAGICAL” moments (including its cinematography), and thought-provoking elements.

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