Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

“Australia”: The never never far away land of magic

November 30, 2008
This tender picture is moments before Darwin isn't bombed.

This tender picture is moments before Darwin isn't bombed.

I saw four movies on Thanksgiving Day: Twilight, Quantum of Solace and Australia. Wait, isn’t that three? You might be asking yourselves. Not only is Australia as long as two movies, Baz Luhrman, the visionary director, couldn’t decide what movie he wanted to make more, so he made both of them.

On one end Australia is a fairy tale, with real and intriguing magic and lore. Full of locations with names that make you feel like you stepped into Peter Pan or The Wizard of Oz, which is referenced in the movie not only through song, a silly retelling of the story and showing the actual movie but also from lifting the general plot out of Oz and grafting it onto the film; that being a group of eccentric characters travel together across a dangerous landscape so they can find themselves and beat the bad guys.

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