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Australia a Top Travel Destination?

Published November 20, 2008 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox
While everybody else has been consumed by vampires thanks to Twilight, I am likely one of the few more geeked on Baz Luhrmann's upcoming outback epic, Australia. It looks like I had good reason too, as the first reviews for Australia are far better than those for the upcoming teenie-bopper.

Australia Reviews

Official reviews have begun surfacing for Australia and, though there are some minor complaints that include the film's extended running time, they do suggest that the film could do excellent with moviegoers.

Embracing grand old-school melodrama while critiquing racist old-fashioned politics, Baz Luhrmann's grandiose "Australia" provides a luxurious bumpy ride; like a Rolls-Royce on a rocky country road, it's full of bounces and lurches, but you can't really complain about the seat. Deliberately anachronistic in its heightened style of romance, villainy and destiny, the epic lays an Aussie accent on colorful motifs drawn from Hollywood Westerns, war films, love stories and socially conscious dramas. Some of it plays, some doesn't, and it is long. But the beauty of the film's stars and landscapes, the appeal of the central young boy and, perhaps more than anything, the filmmaker's eagerness to please tend to prevail, making for a film general audiences should go with, even if they're not swept away. Robust, but not boffo, box office looks in store.

With his audaciously titled epic "Australia," Baz Luhrmann has delivered a shamelessly melodramatic, often eccentric spectacle with true-blue blockbuster potential. The most expensive Australian film ever made is rousing and passionate. Despite some cringe-making Harlequin Romance moments between homegrown Hollywood stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, the 1940s-set "Australia" defies all but the most cynical not to get carried away by the force of its grandiose imagery and storytelling.

And, yes, there are kangaroos.

Check out the entire reviews for Australia by clicking the bold links above.

Australia opens to theaters on November 26th.

For the trailers, featurettes, posters and more movie info, go to the Australia Movie Page.

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