The first thing that strikes you about this movie is the unique visual style. While it has an interesting “feel,” occasionally the visual elements border on distracting, making the picture seem a little plastic. It’s not really something I can put my finger on, but there is definitely something slightly off where it needn’t be.
As for the story, it’s interesting to see WWII from an angle that isn’t often represented in American cinema. Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman do a fine job as the romantic leads in this epic love story about an English woman who heads to Australia only to find herself challenged by impossible odds, taking on a corrupt cattle baron. The movie deals heavily with racial tensions in the outback, and serves as a reminder that civil rights struggles are more universal than anyone cares to admit. The story is, admittedly, a little slow to start, and a little hesitant to finish, but it does manage to strike a few chords in the telling. All in all, a pretty good watch.