Australia

Australia

Australia is Baz Luhrmann’s new opus featuring his muse, Nicole Kidman, alongside Hugh Jackman. You might remember Luhrmann from his super stylized films Moulin Rouge! and Romeo & Juliet. And if you’re expecting such over the top and over saturated eye candy in Australia, you’ll be pretty disappointed.

Luhrmann has been criticized for his “gimmicky” visuals used in previous movies. I believe he’s turned some people off with his signature style, of which I’m a big fan, and I think it’s those people that will appreciate Australia more than his usual devoted followers.

When watching Australia, the only thing that was giving me signs that is was a Luhrmann film was just how epic it was. He’s known for interpreting majestic stories and Australia is no different. It’s an epic tale, yes, but also epic in length. Preparing yourself to sit down for almost 3 hours straight is a pretty daunting task.

And that’s my major problem with Australia. Unlike a monumental book where you can spend months reading it, digesting it in small bites, this movie has to be taken all at once. If you were to adapt War & Peace or The Epic Of Gilgamesh into a film, you’d inevitably have to cut some pieces out. Tales that long don’t work as one single movie unless it’s abridged.

Obviously, these are my opinions. I don’t have the best attention span and extravagantly long movies such as Australia are difficult for me to watch in the theaters. If I was able to watch it at home, pause it, grab a snack, or do whatever, I’d probably be less harsh on it’s running time. But I know there are those of you who wait with baited breath for those movies that break the 140 minute mark. I mean, it’s not every year that we get a Titanic or Return Of The King. So if you’re not a fan of “comic book” movies like The Dark Knight, then here’s the one you’ve been waiting for.

Blindness

Blindness is an amazing movie. Granted, when Fernando Meirelles (the man who directed City Of God) makes a movie, you kind of expect it to be. His newest is based upon the book of the same name by author José Saramago and is simply gorgeous. The premise is that a strange disease causes people to suddenly go blind and infects the population worldwide. It’s a movie less about the disease and more about how people react to losing their sight.

Blindness has a very bleak outlook on human morality. What happens in the movie is that most people turn into vicious disgusting animals who’s only goal is self preservation. It’s one of those movies that is disturbing and depressing while at the same time makes you question yourself and your own moral compass. It really makes you wonder what your limits are.

I’ve read some mixed reviews about Blindness and truthfully, that kind of confuses me. It’s difficult for me to think of a single bad thing to say about this movie. Well, I guess some might criticize that there are no answers to any questions you would have about the disease. Where it came from, how it spreads, anything of the sort gets thrown to the wayside. Like I said, it’s a film about people, not a sci-fi scary disease movie.

It seems to me like every time someone had something bad to say about Blindness was when they were comparing it to the book. Fair enough, I guess. But the movie is still truly fantastic and visually gorgeous. If you’ve read the book, watch the movie with an open mind. It can’t be that bad. And if, like me, you haven’t read the book yet, do yourself a favor and see the movie first. That way you get to love the movie and then you can go read the book and love that, too.

Son Of Rambow


Films that have children dominating the movie are a dime a dozen. The difference between all of those other movies and Son Of Rambow is that Rambow isn’t a kids movie. What was the last movie like this? Maybe Stand By Me? That was over 10 years ago. It’s prime time for everyone to see a whimsical story about a couple of British boys who want to make a movie.

First of all, let me assure you all that Son Of Rambow has (almost) nothing to do with that Sylvester Stallone franchise. Rather, it’s about a do-gooder named Will Proudfoot who accidentally gets caught up in bad-boy Lee Carter’s shenanigans. They form an unlikely friendship that mixes Will’s crazy imagination with Lee Carter’s equipment and know-how so that they can submit a film inspired by the original Rambo to the BBC’s Screen Test competition. The best parts of Son Of Rambow are when we get to watch Lee and Will perform all sorts of crazy stunts and watching this movie-within-a-movie fold out.

Son Of Rambow is a really solid movie. The acting is superb, it’s cute, funny, and very down to Earth. I can safely say it’s a film that many people would enjoy and I’m a bit surprised that it didn’t take off as well as I hoped it would. My guess is that it got overshadowed by all of the big Hollywood blockbusters. It had a limited release in the US the same weekend Iron Man came out and it probably just went downhill from there. That’s not reason it shouldn’t be seen, though. If it’s still playing in your area, by all means go see it. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until it comes out on DVD in late August.