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04 January 2009 @ 09:23 pm
Australia  
Holy God.  (More on this later.)

So, Australia was sort of ridiculous, but in a golden age of Hollywood-epic sort of way, with a little bit of Baz's trademark...er...Aussie oddness thrown in.  

I'm someone who adores Strictly Ballroom and loves Moulin Rouge, not to mention the fondness I carry for the big Hollywood epics of yester-yore.  Added to that, Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman had that 'rough working man meets sheltered lady' thing going on - like John Wayne and...I don't know her name, in Hatari, or Han Solo and Princess Leia - or Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner.  It's a pairing I enjoy, and it worked for me here.

My husband, who is NOT a fan of Baz's other movies, was less than thrilled with this one, so be warned, those unfamiliar with this director's style. 

But back to my opening line.  There is this scene in Australia.  I am not really a huge fan of Hugh Jackman - I don't dislike him, but he hasn't been among my top 5 sexy stars, you know?  He's a good looking guy, reminds me of a young Clint Eastwood, but I don't see movies he's in just for the shallow reason of seeing him.  Brad Pitt, on the other hand, is so beautiful, it's one of those almost unbelievable things that makes my heart trip every time I see him.  Seriously, I've had this problem since almost nobody knew who he was.  

ANYWAY.  There is THIS SCENE in the movie.  It is over the top and ridiculous and so posed like a bad romance novel, and it totally doesn't matter, because he's shirtless, wet, and so amazingly hot it makes the mouth go dry.  Like, you have NO IDEA.  I was not prepared for it, because as stated, Jackman doesn't normally do that for me, and I have seen him shirtless in movies before.

I tried to explain this to my friend L tonight, and I'm pretty sure I failed.  I found a clip of it online to show her, but the scene is chopped up and missing certain key shots.  Woe. :(  It seems I'll have to wait for the DVD.

I'm hoping someone at least has screenshots for an icon, though.

 
 
 
Miss Crankypants: Strictly Ballroom Listen to the Rhythmaka_paloma on January 5th, 2009 07:38 am (UTC)
LOL! You are so funny. Although, now I'm curious about THAT SCENE and if it might have the same impact on me. It sounds like you and I have similar feelings regarding Mr Jackman: we both appreciate him as an actor, but won't beat a path to a movie he's in unless the movie itself intrigues us.

And now, because of one of your references, I also totally want to see Romancing the Stone again. I've alway loved that movie so much.
rhienellethrhienelleth on January 5th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
I am all about spreading the love: Here is a link. Just know that it's only showing you about half the scene. Everytime she is checking him out, the camera pans back to him and, yeah, it's a real shame those bits are missing from the online clip!

Ah, yes, Romancing the Stone. :D Fabulous movie.
Miss Crankypants: Spooks Lucas North Plotaka_paloma on January 5th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
That clip made me laugh actually--Hugh Jackman has always been good with the comedic timing. He should do more comedies. I gather the missing bits in that clip consisted of more highly necessary gratuitous buckets of water caressing splashing all over a naked torso to remove the remnants of sudsiness. *snerk*
rhienellethrhienelleth on January 5th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
Well, and some were just gratuitous shots of wet torso. But yes, in general. :D
rhienellethrhienelleth on January 5th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, and it totally made me laugh in the theater, too. At first because of the so over-the-topness of him posing while dousing his half naked self with water!
Nu: other-x-gambit!quiet_rebel on January 5th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Hugh Jackman as the drover pretty much made the movie for me too :D Guh. Cowboys.
rhienellethrhienelleth on January 5th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Indeed! He played that role very, very well.
world_of_blade: Australiaworld_of_blade on January 5th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Lots of good screenshots and stuff here. I loved this movie!
running far from this: Australia - Sexy Water Droverrougevelvet on January 6th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
Thanks for the site pimping.

I also made icons! ;)