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27 November 2008 @ 10:20 pm
I LOVED ' Australia'  
So as a celebration for getting the new job (yay!), my sister took me out to Australia, the new Baz Lurhmann movie starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. As I've adored every Baz Lurhmann film I've ever seen, and Kidman and Jackman are two of my absolute favorite actors (top ten material for years), I was very, very looking forward to it. However, reviews were mixed so I was a little worried. (Spoilers below the cut.)

I shouldn't have been. I absolutely adored, adored, adored this movie. It was beautiful, sweeping, romantic, tragic, epic, outstanding. Just amazing. Nicole Kidman as Lady Sarah Ashley was utterly entrancing, delightful and I just loved her to bits in this. She made me laugh so hard in so many parts, and then cry in others. She's just such an amazing actress, but when paired with the right director (as she'd previously been as well with Burhmann in Moulin Rouge), she's magical. Hugh Jackman (Drover) was hot. Yes, he did some fabulous acting, had comic and tragic moments that he played beautifully, but honestly, walking away from this, all that I could think was: Hugh Jackman is hot. And Lurhmann clearly knew that as he showcased Jackman's hotness to a lovely, lovely degree. I mean, seriously, the man was the reason the phrase eye-candy was invented. That face, those eyes, his BODY, his long, long legs, his chest, his arms ... I just could go on and on. SO, SO hot. Phew! And one of the funniest earlier scenes was Kidman's Sarah seeing that. They're camping out and the scene begins with a shirtless Drover pouring water over his soapy chest in the moonlight, Sarah peers out of her tent and is awestruck (understandably). As the scene continues, she comes out and they talk, there's a hysterical moment where he reaches down to grab (or put) something in the waistband of his pants and the pants dip past his hips a bit. Signifying Sarah noticing this, as she looks quickly down with his movement, the camera quickly follows it down and then jerks back up as if it were Sarah's eyes and she (it) didn't want to be caught.


There were other great comic moments, including some that played with the Wizard of Oz theme which was referenced throughout the film in (as-mentioned) comic, as well as poignant ways. But this also contained a lot of tragedy. Seriously, I spent the last twenty minutes crying or on the verge of tears. I was so emotionally enraptured by what was going on onscreen. It was wonderful.

The story was pretty dang epic (screw some critics who said it wasn't!), dealing with racism (against half-Aboriginal children), World War II and some of the effects on Australia and cattle monopoly, and all of this was surrounded by two beautiful love stories. One was the obvious love story between Kidman's Sarah and Jackman's Drover: Their first kiss, their second kiss, their making love, their reunions (including one that was very similar -- but go, Rusty! not as good by far -- to "The Stolen Earth" Doctor/Rose reunion) were sexy, joyous, hopeful, romantic and I just LOVED every moment of their romance. Kidman and Jackman (heh, I JUST realized that both of their last names end with "man") didn't have amazing, electric chemistry, but they had a sweet, believable chemistry and I completely bought the love story.

The other love story was between Sarah and one of the half-Aboriginal children (Nallah) played by a wonderfully talented and likable young actor named Brandon Walters. We hear and see him first and last and it's deserved. This kid is just wonderful, natural, fresh-faced, sweet and just awesome. And the bonding between he and Sarah (or Mrs. Boss as he calls her) is absolutely beautiful. Some have called him the "real star of the film." And I can see that. However, as hot (and, yes, to not be shallow, talented) Jackman is, as wonderful as Walters is ... for me, the star of the movie was Kidman. She was just utterly delightful, every moment on screen I felt every thing she was going through. I loved her character, I felt for her so completely and found her strong and stubborn and beautiful and proud, and humble and loving and just wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

As the whole move was. I just adored it!! And I can NOT wait for it come out on DVD because I'm snatching that sucker up ASAP!

Non-spoiler comments: I ADORED it!

- If you love Baz Lurhmann, go see this movie.
- If you love Nicole Kidman, GO see this movie.
- If you love Hugh Jackman, go see this move.
- If you love epic romances, go see this movie.
- If you like sweeping dramas beautifully written and directed, go see this movie.

But be warned! It's about two and a half-hour long. But so worth it!
tangerinetani on November 28th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)
Great review! I'm itching to see this movie! The review it got in the paper the other day was, terrible haha, but yours certainly puts it in a much better light. (I tend to disagree w/ the movie critic for the paper I read anyway).

Judging by your review, and the trailer, it looks like a pretty good movie. I couldn't help but smile seeing the trailer because I love how crazy and over the top Baz Lurhman's films are.

I swear, I must have watched Moulin Rouge 50 times or more in my early teen years. There was also a time when I listened to NOTHING but the soundtrack to the movie walking to school (and mainly "Come What May"). I haven't watched it in...maybe two years now and seeing the trailer for this movie almost made me want to watch it again!

Arabian: Billie Piper_05arabian on November 28th, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)
I honestly have no clue as to how anyone could see this movie and NOT be swept away. It's amazing!!!

I LOVE Moulin Rouge, you should watch it again, it's never not awesome. Oh, and I don't know if you've seen this, but if not, it's a FABULOUS Doctor/Rose vid to an edited version of "Come What May" by butterfly. Check it out.
tangerinetani on November 28th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
Oh wow thanks for the link to that video, it was SO well done! I wish I could edit videos like that hahah!

Okay, now I really need to rewatch Moulin Rouge hehe :)

Arabian: Kelly_Stararabian on November 28th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
Isn't it wonderful?

Yeah, rewatch MR, always run. :D
The Plucky Young Girlpluckyyounggirl on November 28th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks for the heads up! I'm not sure when it will open here, but the non-spoilery comments sound really good. I adore Luhrmann and am really looking forward to seeing another film of his.
Arabian: Rose_Thinkingarabian on November 28th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
If you adore Luhrmann, you should love it then. Period. ::Grumble, grumble:: Stupid critics!
Beck: DW - Doc 10 & Rose squishbeck_liz on November 28th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
Eeee. I've wanted to see this movie since I first saw the trailers for it last spring. I'm glad to know it's enjoyable. I loved Moulin Rouge and Strictly Ballroom, so I'm sure I'll enjoy this. I would've gone to see it on opening day, but I was traveling to my Grandmother's for Thanksgiving. I might try to see it when I get home tomorrow or Sunday.

I've seen you around in a number of D/R places, and I just joined the comm you and butterfly have started, so I thought I'd add you to my flist. Hello!
Arabian: Dr Who (10) - Impossible Planetarabian on November 28th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
It's so wonderful. I really hope it does make up money in other countries (it's doing badly -- as expected -- here). I really just adored it. Do see it!

Welcome to my flist! And feel free to check out my older D/R posts. (I gots plenty!)
Diana: Impressed -- Nicole Kidmanbutterfly on January 19th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
I got to see this the day before it left theaters and I agree with you so much! It was fantastic. I hope that Nicole does more movies with Lurhmann, because they work wonderfully together.
Arabian: One Angry Loganarabian on January 19th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
It was just so, soooooooo beautiful. I adored it so; damn the critics for giving it such bad buzz. Grrrr.