By Lauren Timmer
Hailed by critics as a modern mix of Gone With The Wind and Out Of Africa, Baz Luhrmann’s latest offering, Australia, combines action, romance, comedy and tragedy to produce an awe-inspiring epic that will satisfy any taste.
The plot is centered on an English aristocrat, Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman), who travels to Australia to sell her husband’s cattle farm. Upon her arrival she is met by a man known only as The Drover (Hugh Jackman). He is planning on droving the cattle from her farm to Darwin, to sell to the English Army. It becomes a race for the finish line when cattle baron King Carney (Bryan Brown) tries everything in his power to stop them from reaching Darwin so he can claim the money for himself.
The film features a number of brilliant performances, notably that of Brandon Walters who plays Nullah, a mixed-race Aboriginal boy who has to escape the police for fear of being taken away. With the combination of excellent acting, amazing scenery and a beautiful story, it’s hard to find fault with Lurhmann’s latest masterpiece.
Australia provides a breathtaking and captivating two hour escape from the rest of the world. Audiences are sure to get caught up in the beautifully constructed plot of war, romance and humanity.