By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox, AICN
One of my best Baz Luhrmann stories has to be when an entire SUV full of people were crying near the end of Moulin Rouge. The best part was that a third of the passengers couldn't even see the screen. Now, I'm not saying whether I cried or not, but know that I was in a steel frame of emotion; so can you blame me?
Anywho, I have been interested in Luhrmann's Australia ever since the casting announcements. Nicole Kidman? Still doing it. Hugh Jackman? The guy is money right now. David Wenham? Can we please get him in more films?
While the trailers have a bit of that Luhrmann surreal, Australia definitely looked like a step out of the director's box. But let's not kid ourselves, as the visuals are still there.
Australia Any Good?
That being said, the good people at AICN have received what looks to be the first screning report for Australia that thinks the film is great.
This isn't the movie you might expect from Baz Luhrmann. It isnt Moulin Rouge and certainly isn't Romeo and Juliet, instead it's (at least to me) an epic, dramatic story of love set against a visually stunning backdrop with a surprisingly strong performance from Kidman and a refreshing change of pace performance from Jackman. That's quite a mouthful and fitting because this movie is quite a mouthful, actually a stomach full that I'm sure will take me a couple days to fully digest…and it's GREAT!!
Even though this isn't necessarily a special effects kind of movie, some of them (especially the war scenes in the second half) are important because they convey the scope and scale of the story. Makes it feel bigger than just a love story between the rugged, outdoorsy, horseman and the sophisticated city lady.
The review finishes with even bigger compliments, so feel free to check out the entire report on Australia at AICN.