The critics didn’t like it but the Aussies aren’t taking any notice of them and have made the film Australia the country’s second highest grossing film behind Crocodile Dundee.
We went to the film on Friday and can see why the critics didn’t like it and the Aussies do.
The plot is not just thin, it has so many holes it might have been attacked by a crocodile and the characters are stereotypes – the pretty widow, the rough, tough drover with a heart, the Aborigine elder with super-natural powers, the half-caste child, the rich rake and the bully. But there are also pretty faces, spectacular scenery, horses, and a history lesson which probably appeals to nationalism.
I wouldn’t want to see the film twice but am pleased I saw it once – and that I saw it at Wanaka’s Cinema Paradiso which is not only a gem with its cast-off furniture, it also has a half time when you can have a meal pre-ordered from the cafe you walk through to enter the theatre, a glass of wine, delicious home-made ice creams or just sit on one of the outside chairs for a breath of fresh air.
Without that break I might have found sitting still through the three-hour film a bit difficult.