I cannot remember quite how I got persuaded to purchase a DVD of a film with Robert Duvall and Michael Caine called Second Hand Lions, but it must have been a strong recommendation from a friend. I had bought it bought it way back in April of this year and it just piled up with the various other DVDs that I have been buying over the last few months without finding the time to see them.
I finally got around to seeing it a couple of days ago and was quite pleased with it. I am not about to bore my readers with a review about it, but let me just say that I quite enjoyed seeing it.
When I opened the parcel, I discovered that I had in fact bought two DVDs to avail of a free delivery offer and so found another DVD inside. That turned out to be Ned Kelly a movie on a true story about an Australian outlaw of the late 19th century. The film was based on a novel Our Sunshine by the Australian writer Robert Drewe.
I am glad that I bought the DVD though I had no clue as to what I was getting into when I ordered for it. I am particularly impressed because it is an Australian movie and I haven’t seen many of them.
This is a remarkable story about how high handed misuse of authority by police officials drives a young man and his mates to becoming outlaws. Though full details are not shown, apparently in his lifetime Kelly had become a legend. The viewer cannot help getting involved with the underdog and wishing him success when injustice after injustice keeps piling up. The director has succeeded in that effort and till the end one keeps the faith that justice will prevail. That it does not in the end is neither here nor there, but the viewer is hooked from the beginning till the end. I have no hesitation in giving the film a full [rating=6] rating.
A very well made film with tight editing and some very good acting. There are moments when the background music becomes too loud and that is the only criticism that I have for the movie. If you get an opportunity to watch it, I recommend that you do for some emotional roller coaster rides.
14 thoughts on “Ned Kelly – The Movie.”
i have been away from the computer for a day or so.
just have been playing catch up here with your posts…
and am still laughing as i write this about your gender problems at the train station.
and totally lost it when she didn’t pick up on your facetious thankfulness at further idiotic bureaucracy in the event you’d be put off in the middle of nowhere! i just laughed out loud.
sorry. this post was about the movie!
i love your travel stories! more please.
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Catch you to locate that particular exchange for what it was!
I enjoyed them both, especially Second Hand Lions. In fact I think I’;; watch it again – thanks for the reminder.
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Have fun. Perhaps after a few months, I would too.
‘Ned Kelly’ sounds great. Mind you, any version of his story would be better than the one with Mick Jagger wearing an ‘Amish’ beard.
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When I was trying to find the Wikipedia link to the movie that I came across the information about MJ and Ned Kelly and it was not funny at all.
Thanks for telling me about it, but the story is so sad that I think I’ll pass. Just another case of lives being ruined by people abusing authority.
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Yes, you won’t enjoy watching it.
I watched Second Hand Lions in 1998 and loved it, especially the present-day scenes with the main cast. At the time, I’d thought an Indian remake would have been pretty good, starring Amitabh and Dharmendra. You’ll know what I mean when you watch it. A lot of potential there, if clippings from their past films could have been used. Another film I watched at the time that I also liked a lot was ‘The Man Who Would Be King’. I think you’ll like that too. Neither films have outstanding performances or production values, but the characters (and the actors playing them) coupled with the good old-fashioned stories made watching the films worth it for me.
I am in total agreement with you. It would indeed be nice to have an Indian version with Anurag Kashyap producing and directing it should be very interesting. But he would not like to use the old bandicoots.
I have seen The Man Who Would Be King. DVD not available. Will try and see it again one way or the other.
Ned Kelly by the way, didn’t cut as romantic or enticing a figure in real life. An Australian Robin Hood, he was an out and out terror to most. Either way, he wouldn’t be ignored, and is probably the most famous outlaw icon in Australia. He was the last of the outlaws or of outlaw reign, before an educated and more civilised society emerged.
And different kinds of Robin Hoods evolved?
I watched that movie: it’s simply marvellous.
I like Australian productions (movies, TV series and some music), they are impressively good, dynamic yet with a sense of calm into it.
Thank you for yet another great review 🙂
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I am getting quite impressed with Australian movies too.
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