review: Australia


So I've been excited about this movie since the first time I heard about --Baz's first film in twelve years! I am SO in. But of course, I'm a Luhrman fan, and if he made a film about the reading of the dicionary, I'd probably watch it. So I wanted to go see it opening weekend, but there just wasn't time, and I haven't had time to see it since then. I mean, a three-hour movie? Plus the critics have been ravaging it. But le husband convinced me friday night that I wanted to make time, and I am so glad we did. 
It. Is. Gorgeous. Just about every frame of the film could be framed and hung on the wall. One major complaint that I've heard is the painted sets, but I loved them. Definite throwback to major Hollywood epics. So yes, this film is over-the-top, and yes, it's sentimental, and yes, the characters aren't wildly nuanced. But ohmyword I loved it. It was gorgeous. Nicole Kidman's costumes are amazing (I want a parasol!), Hugh Jackman is insanely ripped (seriously--in this film he makes Wolverine look puny), and the images are absolutely lovely. The light! So, so gorgeous. I want to learn to shoot like that. 
Anyway, totally worth the $10 ticket price, and I may go see it again.

Comments

*tiffany* said…
mmmm. I know. The part where he's dumping buckets of water over his shirtless self???? I'd hang that frame on my wall!
Miss Scarlett said…
Are we not counting "Moulin Rouge" for some reason? It has sure been tiding me over...
msfleurette said…
really? i found it terribly disappointing. yes, beautiful scenery, exquisite costumes, etc., just LACKING in the usual lurmann wonderfulness. i had to re-watch moulin rouge just to remind myself why i was such a lurmannite to begin with. although i will say that the little boy MADE that film. he was unbelievably good.
Sarah said…
I saw it on opening day, and I loved it too. Quite possibly because I had low expectations? I plan on seeing it in the theatre again.

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