Movie Review: Australia

The other evening John and I sat down to watch the movie Australia, which features Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman.  I expected ‘sweeping epic’- ie, often slow-moving. Instead there was more humor than I expected, and except for one slow-down in the middle that actually could have been an ending, I felt like the pace was good.

The transformation of the Kidman character during the movie was great. Jackman…well, he had hero written all over him, let’s put it that way. Thoroughly satisfactory. As the mom in a multiracial family, I thought that the race issues were covered thoughtfully, and the little boy was ADORABLE. The EYES on that child…

As far as family friendly– our 14-and-older kids watched it with us, but I am glad we opted not to let our tweens watch it.  There was some language, a fair bit of innuendo, and one bedroom scene that we skipped. There was also some violence with cameras lingering on dead or mortally injured people for longer than I would have preferred.

In general, though, we enjoyed the movie.  John and I both really liked that the Hugh Jackman character was so heroic, and there were a couple of other instances in the movie where men sacrificed their lives to save others as well.  Very inspiring.  Despite its 2.5 hour length,  I would be happy to see this movie again.


  1. I agree…my husband and I just watched it and really liked it. Turned out much better than I thought.

  2. I really wanted to see this movie in theatres and we never managed that. This makes me want to see it more – thanks for sharing.

  3. Awesome! My mom has been waiting to see this movie…I will let her know that it was good and I will be renting it myself! I love Nicole Kidman…she is such a talented actress and I am a huge fan of her country singing husband, Keith Urban! He puts on a great concert! Thanks for sharing your review!

  4. I saw the movie in the theater. I want to toss my two cents in to suggest not letting children (old or young) see this movie. The last half of the movie has a couple living together without the benefit of marriage. Plus there is a weird spiritual element to it. I did think it was pretty good, beautiful scenery and good characters but I will not let my kids see it. Just my thoughts, Lisa~

  5. Thanks for the review. I’ve been wanting to see it but not sure it was worth my time or money. And who doesn’t love a heroic Hugh Jackman!

  6. I agree… great movie.. just a little too long! 🙂

  7. Haven’t seen it myself, heard it is likable to Out of Africa. One day maybe I will have 2.5hr to watch it!