Friday, April 22, 2011

Movie Reviews

We recently watched two more Australian movies.  The first was "The Man From Snowy River."  This is a 1982 movie based on the poem of the same name by Banjo Paterson.  Kirk Douglas played two roles in this film.  It was about a young man whose father died and he went to work on a ranch to make a name for himself.  He was a talented horse trainer and rider and fell in love with the daughter of the ranch owner.  There were several dramatic horse chase scenes.  This was a pretty good movie but quite cheesy at times.  We would give it a 7 out of 10.

We enjoyed the second movie, "Gallipoli", more.  This was a 1981 film with Mel Gibson as one of the leads.  Mel's character, Frank, becomes friends with Archy and they enlist in the Australian military during WWI.  They are sent to Egypt for training and eventually go to Turkey to fight at Gallipoli.  This is a story of friendship and the harsh realities of war.  It was quite a powerful movie with a surprising ending.  We would give it 8 out of 10.

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