Sweeping scenery, epic scale and a romance to boot. That's what Australia is all about.
This is the second movie about the Land Down Under I've seen in the last couple of weeks (the first being a Filipino romantic drama), and what I'm getting is that Australia is a land of cowboys, big ranches, and the sprawling outback. However, Baz Luhrmann's epic film as very "classic" feel to it.
Perhaps it's the fact that the film's story is set in the late 1930's and early 1940's, just before the second World War. Speaking of the story, it's essentially two movies in one (well, with a running time of almost three hours, that's like sitting in a theater watching two movies)-- but draws so much from the classic films that it doesn't feel all original. Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman give strong performances, and David Wenham is very effective as the villain.
I don't doubt that Luhrmann wanted to create the definitive movie about Australia for the whole world, and he takes the route that seem cater to the better majority of the global audience. Australia is an entertaining, but long movie that will show you the beauty of the Land Down Under.