• 2009-01-07
  • By Justinas Vainilavicius

ON THE RANGE: Sarah Ashley, played by Nicole Kidman, grows to love the rough, adventurous life that she discovers down under.

Director: Baz Luhrmann  

If you are easily corrupted by epic and historic movies set in exotic countries with breathtaking scenery, it is more likely than not that Australia will highly entertain you. The marketing strategy included labeling the film a must-see Australian movie, offering a taste of the country. It might even convince some viewers to visit the country.

 Baz Luhrmann's fourth movie is different from the first three he created, including the Oscar nominated Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet. It is a realistic one, lacking theatrical elements, such as musical theatre or rhymed dialogues, characteristic of his previous works. This shift towards a more traditional plot is what sets Australia in the row of similar over-extended love stories.

These love stories are ones where fragile looking but emancipated women, such as Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman), are paired with independent machos, in this case The Drover (Hugh Jackman). And of course toss in a couple of social problems (Native Australian treatment by the whites) with a final pinch of a war to add to the flavor.

You would not, however, call this film cheesy. Not after the brilliant acting 's something you might expect from A-list stars 's wonderful costumes and awe-inspiring landscape and visual effects. Unusual events and themes also makes it absorbing.

It is not only a feast for your eyes, but also a way to catch a glimpse at the relatively unknown culture of Aboriginal Australians, and the obstacles this country had to overcome in the past.
The story is told by a mixed race boy named Nullah (Brandon Walters), who is the first character to be introduced and who creates the impression of a mystified child of nature. This is contrasted against Lady Sarah, who is traveling from England to Australia to convince her husband to sell cattle. After that another major character, The Drover, is introduced as a man who falls somewhere in between the two extremes.

 All of them will have to face challenges they encounter, accept them and do something they hardly imagined doing anytime in their lives. This is not only a love story 's it is also a story about growing out of one's shell.
 Affection for this film grows while watching, just like Lady Sarah's affection for Australia grows through her experiences there.
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