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.