Genre Guesstimation – Australia (2008)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Joel Watches Movies and we will be reviewing our favorite Movies of the Outdoors (any movie set primarily outside and where nature figures significantly into their plot or themes.)

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jul by sending them to outdoorjoel@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Joel!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Movies of the Outdoors ……

“Most people like to own things. You know, land, luggage, other people. Makes them feel secure. But all that can be taken away. And in the end, the only thing you really own is your story. Just tryin’ to live a good one.” – Drover

Number of Times Seen – Twice (12 Feb 2009 and 6 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A British woman travels to Australia in order to work a ranch tat she inherited, but things are not as simple as she had expected.

My Take on it – Really boring epic film that drags on far too much.

Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackson are both amazing actors, but this film doesn’t give either of them enough to do while also making their characters quite unlikable.

The story is far too slow burning and the way that things are presented are actually painful to watch due to the strangeness of it all.

The plot is almost non extant and there is no chemistry between the two leads at all.

The cinematography is the best part of this film since they try and show the beautiful landscapes of Australia and are successful.

But a film that looks beautiful yet has no real coherent or interesting plot is not easy to digest even with a cast like the one here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – While promoting the film, Nicole Kidman angered Aboriginal groups after she tried to play a didgeridoo on a German talk show. Traditionally, Aboriginal groups do not allow women to play the instrument. Some Aboriginal groups believe playing the instrument makes women infertile. Kidman’s next child was born via surrogate. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close.  Complete borefest!

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)

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