Sunday, December 7, 2008

Australia

Julie and I just saw the movie Australia today. Since I'm not much of a movie-goer, Julie billed it to me as an excuse to see Western Australia's major waterfalls - especially Mitchell Falls, which we saw on a trailer for the movie.

But we came out of that movie picking up a few more things about Aboriginal culture, about cattle farming as a way of life in the Outback, and about the Top End's role in World War II. I guess the fact that we watched the movie on December 7 (the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor invasion) kind of reinforced that angle. But honestly, we didn't intentionally time this. It was purely coincidence!

Anyways, regarding waterfalls, we did see a few waterfall scenes. But the Mitchell Falls view wasn't what was shown in any of the trailers we saw. However, they did show King George Falls. And if you watch the movie, you'll see that the falls was certainly appropriate as perhaps a tongue-in-cheek reference to one of the recurring characters throughout the movie.

Plus, some of the Bungle Bungle scenes brought back memories of our botched tour as well as our brief time in Kununurra.

As for the movie itself, Julie and I had heard about and read about some of the mixed reviews (though Triple J's Mark Fennel's review was pretty funny). And we both felt it was predictable. However, it was certainly entertaining and not as bad as some critics lead you to believe. Maybe it's just because we've been to Australia before (especially up in that remote area of the country) that we could appreciate the social theme about the Stolen Generation and get some of the language and inside jokes throughout whereas others not as familiar might be like "what?!?" Nevertheless, we think it's alright and worth a look (if not on the silver screen, at least as a DVD rental).

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