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Friday, November 28, 2008

Australia - the movie

Mid-Thanksgiving afternoon we decided to head to the big city to see Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman in the new release "Australia." Here's my short review:

1. beautiful scenery and camera shots
2. movie should have expanded the desert crossing and ended the movie before the bombing raid
3. writer tried to put too much into one movie; was it an Austrailian Outback western or a WWII movie? Comedy, romance or drama?
4. should have avoided the Aboriginal assimilation plotline; there are much superior movies which address that issue (i.e. Rabbit-Proof Fence)
5. My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I really wanted to see Daniel Craig as James Bond. It would have been time better spent.

4 comments:

Thinking Man said...

Well, I just got back from Quantum of Solace, and I thought I'd let you know that I really enjoyed it. I didn't like it quite as much as I liked the one before - Casino Royale - which I loved, and I didn't like it as much as I liked the Borne Identity, which I really loved; but I did like it. I recommend it. Daniel Craig looks a little more haunted and haggard in the face, and that very much suits his brooding disposition this time around. I don't know how much you know about this one, but just an FYI: it picks up more or less exactly where the last one left off, so I think it's helpful to re-familiarize yourself a little with the ending of Casino Royale, which I didn't do, and that's why I spent the first ten minutes racking my brain (such as it is).

Catch Her in the Wry said...

Craig is the perfect James Bond,edgy, tough and sexy too. I did know that the new movie is a sequel to Casino Royale. I am hoping for another "Daniel Craig in the nude" scene. He was also very good in "Layer Cake."

I, too, enjoyed the Bourne films and novels.

Thinking Man said...

Catch Her in the Wry wrote: > I am hoping for another "Daniel Craig in the nude" scene.

Well, you won't be disappointed, then, because there's lots of them - full frontal, every which way. In fact, that's practically what the whole movie consists of.

Actually, I'm kidding.

You'll only see one or two Daniel-Craig-shirtless scenes, nothing real in-the-nude - at least, not by my standards (which is saying a lot). But if it's any consolation - and I can't imagine it would be - the lovely ladies remain confoundingly clothed as well.

Out of curiosity, which Bourne Identity did you like better, the movie or the book? Whom do you think is a more convincing spy, Matt Damon or Daniel Craig?

Catch Her in the Wry said...

Book. Books are always better because there is more depth to the storyline and characterizations. That said,good action films are very entertaining

The two spies are totally different personalities so I don't think you can really compare them. I think each actor played his role well. Craig is the best Bond since Sean Connery, in my opinion. He also reminds me of Steve McQueen who could have played Bond well also.