|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham, Jack Thompson, Bryan Brown|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure - Epic, Historical, Romantic, War, Drama - General, Romance|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||100 Hot Hits, 100 Most Wanted, Muller's Indulgent Movies, Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
|Run time:||2 hours 45 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 Apr 2009|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Baz Luhrmann returns with this epic romance tale starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman.
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Beautiful scenery and people... and a very Mills and Boon storylineBy a customer from CARDIFF , 19 Dec 2008
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[Highly rated reviewer]In the film, Kidman plays a widowed English aristocrat in the 1930s, who comes to northern Australia to sell a cattle property the size of Belgium. She becomes caught in the bombing of Darwin during World War II with a drover played by Jackman.
I saw the Welsh premiere last night and both my 99 year old Nan and I thoroughly enjoyed the film. The cinematography is amazing and a great advert for the country. The audience swooned every time Hugh Jackman graced the screen and it is obvious that Baz Luhrman exploits the actor's physique and good looks for all he's worth. We loved that but many male viewers may squirm at its cheesiness.
Whilst the film did not go into as much depth as 'The Rabbit Proof Fence' regarding the stolen generation of aboriginals who were separated from their families by the government, it served as a basic introduction to the indiginous culture of the Northern Territories.
Nicole Kidman was stunning throughout and her character's love for the Drover and the talented child star Brandon Walters was very believable. It was also interesting to learn that Australia was invaded during the war.
The main failing of the film was its melodramatic storyline. Bizzarely, 'Australia' reminded me of the classic TV series 'The Wacky Races' as throughout the film, a Dick Dastardly - style baddie kept being outwitted by Lady Sarah and her team. It was almost comedic in the way that just when yet another character died and you thought she would be on the next flight home to Blighty, miraculously everything would work out for her.
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I'll watch anything with Mr Jackman in it ...By MartyP (7 reviews) from UK , 08 Mar 2013He's gorgeous !!! 'nice' film, family viewing. Soppy story line, predictable ending but it's still a good night in with this one.
Box of tissues requiredBy sa77 (25 reviews) , 22 Oct 2012Picked this on the off chance, and although a slowish start, it drew you into it. The scenery was breathtaking, and Nicole Kidman was her usual perfect self. Enjoyable.
Australia AdventureBy tearsinaussie (1 review) , 19 Jul 2012Absolutely amazing film theres a moment to cry a moment to laugh and many moments of despair and suspense. This film spells f=romance so perfect for a couples night in. Cry Laugh and worry with the characters who are portrayed by the best actors it couldnt be better
Advance AustraliaBy ILM (1 review) , 27 Jun 2012This was a fabulous piece of film-making. Its superb breadth and depth lived up to its epic title.
I liked the actors in their roles but didn't like the choreography of their love scenes, or their lack of chemistry. However from viewing Hugh Jackman initially as a bit of a ham I enjoyed watching his character develop emotional depth, particularly in the bombed-out bar scene.
I also loved the mixed-metaphor use of Nimrod by Elgar in the scene where Nullah joins his grandfather on walkabout. Only a maverick would have thought of using this piece of music for such a scene. And it is strangely perfect.
Worth a watch for the romantics out thereBy a customer , 25 Jun 2012Very watchable film (if for nothing else, for Hugh Jackman!). Nicole Kidman's english accent is a bit dodgy at times but if you enjoy romantic films, this is for you.