Director: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Rated: PG-13 (For some violence, a scene of sensuality, and brief strong language)
And while we’re on time, this movie is too long. Twenty minutes less would have been preferred (if not an outright thirty). So is this Baz Luhrmann’s big epic? Considering all the other movies he’s made, I guess it has to be. None of his other films are of this scope, so it’s almost an automatic win. The question is this: Is this an epic in and of itself? I’m going to say no. There’s enough to like about it to see why some will love it, and it caters to an audience that will eat it up, but there’s little lasting afterwards to suggest a classic. With “Titanic,” “Out of Africa,” and countless other epic romances out there, “Australia” feels a little weak in comparison. Then again, it feels a little weak on it’s own sometimes.
Parents will want to preview this film for language, sexual situations, and some bloody war violence. Recommended for ages 14 and up.