Australia - Film Review

Australia is an Australian epic romance film directed by Baz Luhrmann and stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. The film is set between 1939 and 1942 against a dramatised backdrop of events across Northern Australia at the time, such as the bombing of Darwin in Australia during World War II.

In 1939, Lady Sarah Ashley travels from England to northern Australia to force her husband to sell a cattle station. Her husband is murdered before she arrives, with suspicions that he was killed by an Aboriginal, "King George". The actual murderer is a white man, Neil Fletcher, trying to gain control of Ashley's cattle station "Faraway Downs", so that Lesley 'King' Carney can have a cattle monopoly in the Northern Territory, which will give him negotiating leverage with an Australian army officer, Captain Dutto. Childless Lady Sarah is captivated by a young half-caste boy, Nullah, who was born to an Aboriginal mother and a white father. When Lady Sarah sees Neil Fletcher mistreating the Aborigines, she fires him and decides to try and run the station herself. She persuades a man named Drover to take the cattle to Darwin for sale. Drover, a white man, is friendly with the Aborigines, and therefore shunned by many of the other whites in the territory. It is revealed that he had married an Aboriginal woman, but she had died after being refused medical treatment in a local hospital because of her race.

Drover leads a team of six other riders, including Lady Sarah, Drover's Aboriginal brother-in-law Magarri, Nullah, and the station's accountant Kipling Flynn, to drive the 1,500 cattle to Darwin. They encounter various obstacles along the way, including the death of Flynn. However, Lady Sarah and Drover develop a romance, and she gains a new appreciation for the Australian territory. After they successfully deliver the cattle, Lady Sarah, Nullah, and Drover live together happily for two years. However, Fletcher kills Carney and marries Carney's daughter Cath Carney, takes over his empire, and then continues to menace Lady Sarah.

I'm not gonna spoil the ending for everyone, I know what its like when someone spoils a good movie by telling you how it ends.

Australia is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. Its funny, sad, full of suspense and action and it has two of my favorite actors: Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

Australia will make anyone cry and smile. Before I saw this I didn't know much about Darwin during World War II, so its also educational. Watching this I realized what a hard time the White people were giving the Aboriginals. Aboriginals weren't even aloud in pubs because of their race.

The only bad thing about this movie is that it goes for over two hours, bad its worth it.

If you get a chance, watch Australia because its just an amazing film
Posted on December 10th, 2008 at 12:20am

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