I’ve seen the trailer when I was watching an MMFF movie last year and I was interested on what the movie was all about. I am happy upon seeing Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman, two of the most popular Australian Hollywood actors together in this movie.
To be honest, I was expecting to see a movie focusing more on the love angle. Maybe its because of the trailer which shows a lot of intimate scenes. I am glad to find out that the movie also focuses on the love of a mother to her child.
The story starts with a little kid narrating about this beautiful girl named Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) who arrived from England and wants him to sell Faraway Downs, an Australian cattling station. She also suspected that her husband is cheating on her. The husband then sends a Drover (Hugh Jackman) to accompany Lady Sarah Ashley. There is this funny scene wherein she sees running kangaroos for the first time then something happened LOL.
When she finally stepped in Faraway Downs, she finds her husband lying on the table dead. He was murdered and Neil Fletcher, the cattle store manager is accusing King George, an Aborginal elder with magic powers is the culprit. She originally wanted to sell the place, but later on changed her mind when she witnessed how Fletcher abused an Half Caucasian – Aborginal child named Nullah.
As a childless woman, Lady Sarah Ashley was captivated with the little boy. She comforted him by singing “Somewhere over the rainbow” when his mother died. The two later on developed a mother-son relationship and made each other happy. The little boy called her “Miss Boss”.
On their journey led by the drover wherein they needed to drive more than a thousand head of cattles across Australia, Miss Boss later on finds herself falling deeply in love with the drover. The drover later on narrated that he was married once, but his Aborginal wife died because of tubercolosis and the hospital refused to accept her because of her race.
In the movie, you will witness the discrimination to the Aborgines by the white people. I also found out that during the 1930’s interracial marriages is not permitted in Australia.
With an adopted son and a new partner, Miss Boss finally finds happiness with her new family. The three of them together with their friends were happy living in the Faraway Downs until the little boy was captured and joined the other kids and the drover left her when they had a little misunderstanding.
Ok. I’m almost spilling the whole story LOL
What are lessons that I’ve learned from the movie?
1. Australia is such a wonderful country. I am now interested in learning more about their culture and people.
2. Do not be afraid to dream. Having an ambition can lead you to success. I realized this on one of the drover’s emo scenes.
3. The love of a mother is the greatest love of all.
4. Take risks.
5. Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman are good Australian actors. I would like to see them in a movie again soon.
6. Baz Luhrmann, the writer and director of the fillm is also the guy behind the movies Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge!
I am giving this movie my two thumbs up!
AUSTRALIA Starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman will be shown at your favorite cinemas starting on January 28, 2009.