Archive for March, 2009

29Mar

Australia

Director: Baz Luhrmann
Writer: Stuart Beattie, Baz Luhrmann, Ronald Harwood and Richard Flanagan
2008

This is the latest film from one of the  most unique directors out there, Baz Luhrmann. Australia, like his previous films is highly stylized and visually stunning, so watch out for the cinematography and editing techniques he uses like slow motion and how it captures the essence of the scene in which it’s employed. The story centers around the Australian outback circa World War II and Luhrmann’s historic depiction of the tension between the Aboriginees and the colonizers. All of this history is embroiled into the main plotline concerning Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) and Drover (Hugh Jackman), who set out on a journey to save Sarah’s cattle farm and help it flourish, all the while dodging the evil whims of Neil Fletcher (David Wenham) whose bad nature escalates as the story unfolds. This film is a must see, especially if you like Baz Luhrmann; westerns; romance; history; epic storytelling; and cinema all together. Australia is a treat for the eyes – it’s simply breathtaking. This is cinema at it’s best.

P.s. Watch for young Nullah (Brandon Walters). He is the crux of this film and steals every scene he’s in.

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