List of Australia Reviews ( Showing 5 Reviews )
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Baz Luhrmann, director of Moulin Rouge is no stranger to spectacle, but his latest offering Australia is a failed attempt at pulling off a David Lean-style sprawling epic.The film’s a heady mix of many genres including romance, adventure and war, but rather than being old-fashioned and classic, it’s old-school and melodramatic.
Australia is still a movie that deserves to be watched once on the big screen. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go on to demand that repeated viewing that drove Titanic to become the biggest movie in the history of recorded box office collections.So while Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge imbued the spirit of the legendary club with such mystique and joie the vivre that the actual establishment must have definitely benefited from increased tourist traffic in the years that followed, it remains to be seen if Australia will help drive increased tourist traffic down under.
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Ratings: 3/5 Reviewer: Renuka Vyavahare Site:Indiatimes
Director Baz Luhrmann claims to be a Bollywood fan and it certainly shows. He used Urmila’s ‘Chamma Chamma’ item number in ‘Moulin Rouge’ and with ‘Australia’, he seems to have been inspired by Ashutosh Gowariker’s films. Not only is his film extremely long and a tad too informative for you to keep track of the goings-on, his continual switch of mood – from romance to action to emotion to drama to whatever next – the grandeur of the sets and magnanimity of the opus for some reason reminds us of our Gowariker.’Australia’ makes you smile, cry… and even get bored. But you wouldn’t want to miss even a single scene of this beautifully shot film. Proves that ‘Australia’ has worked and made its impact.
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Ratings: 7.3/10 Reviewer: Neil Doyle Site:IMDB
Baz Luhrmann has done with Australia what David O. Selznick managed to do with DUEL IN THE SUN–he’s created a sprawling epic of a canvas for a narrow storyline about a woman who needs a man to keep the villains from double-crossing her in a land deal. It’s the kind of story every B-western had in the old days, usually with someone like Roy Rogers or Gene Autry playing the cowboy who helps a girl keep her ranch from the outlaws who want it. Here the tale has been expanded to include racial overtones (which DUEL also had) and some good cattle drive scenes that teeter into cliff hanging territory
A pastiche of genres and references wrapped up — though, more often than not, whipped up — into one demented and generally diverting horse-galloping, cattle-stampeding, camera-swooping, music-swelling, mood-altering widescreen package, this creation story about modern Australia is a testament to movie love at its most devout, cinematic spectacle at its most extreme, and kitsch as an act of aesthetic communion.