Sunday, April 12, 2009

Australia (2008) PG13 - 4 Stars

Taken place as World War II is unfolding, Australia is a stunningly beautiful movie. Kidman is so good at playing this type of role of "ladyness." Jackman also plays the perfect rugged Australian cowboy, obviously not used to having such a strong determined woman in his face. The two play off each other well making their romantic involvement believable.

Prim and proper Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) inherits a ranch in Australia and travels from England to stake her claim. The moment she steps off the ship, she encounters the rough and tumble call of the outback, known as Australia. She is determined to take over the ranch and raise cattle and enters town in search of the person that will take her to the ranch. Drover (Hugh Jackman) happens to be one of the best cattle drivers around and he drives her to the property. The overnight journey put these two opposites, from different ends of the world, together in an uncomfortable predicament that will eventually bond them together.

Once at the ranch, it's learned that a larger ranch nearby, of English herders, are causing trouble for this new comer, trying to convince her to leave. Drover stays on to help protect her land from these greedy and troublesome neighbors. Sarah is convinced that her ranch can compete in the selling of livestock, and after convincing Drover she is capable of riding a horse, they get together what's left of their ranch hands and attempt to drive a large herd of 2,000 cattle across the dangerous outback. Their journey takes them into the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese and hundreds of miles of beautiful yet treacherous landscape.

2008 - Australia - St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association - Best Cinematography

20th Century Fox Distribution
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Writers: Ronald Harwood, Stuart Beattie, Baz Luhrmann
Producer: Catherine Knapman, G. Mac Brown, Baz Luhrmann
I viwed 3/09

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