Legendary outlaw unleashed onto the worldwide stage.
"The Irish have too many dreams and not enough gunpowder...............now we have both." I felt this quote from the film made by the protagonist Ned Kelly, served as a perfect summary of this tale and its spirit. Ned Kelly and his brothers were a outlaw gang from the Southern Australian region of Victoria. Of Irish descent, they moved to Australia to find a new life away from where their father's convict status would hinder them. Ned was the eldest brother and played the part of a father to his younger siblings who their mother struggled to contain. Ned was a useful horseman and worked the land in the Victoria countryside. There was constant tension between the Kelly's and local law enforcement. Ned Kelly is a very honourable character for most part of the film, forced into a criminal direction due to his background and brethren. He eventually became hunted down by the police resulting in a very predictable shoot out at the town Glenrowan - exactly where a monument stands to this day commemorating the lives of the policemen lost in the shoot out with the Kelly gang. This film was an incredible rendition of one of the most feared outlaw gangs. There is a clever characterisation of the main character who has love interest and plays the caring family man - yet is a wanted villain.Read full review
Ned Kelly (DVD 2004)
Excellent film well worth the money ..............................................................................
I thoughrouly enjoyed this film! It was a great depiction of the famous Ned Kelly, played by Ledger. He did a wonderful preformance and made the character his own. Good plot and very exciting story. I'd recommend this film to any action lovers out there! Or if you just want to see a good film!
Caught this movie on channel four about a week or so ago and was absolutely blown away by the performances! Orlando Bloom finally shows some true acting ability, while the late Heath Ledger puts on yet another fantastic show. Honestly couldn't recommend this film highly enough, it's great for a Friday night (as long as you're ready for some brutal truths - if you will) or any other day of the week, or time. I absolutely had to buy this movie as I was absolutely enthralled by the brilliant casting, directing and overall cinematography! I have to confess, however, that I have never seen the original 1970 version of Ned Kelly with Mick Jagger - although my other half assures me that that too was a brilliant piece of film - so I can make no comparisons between the two. Even if you have seen the original film, however, I'd recommend this one simply because of the brilliance of the performaces. I might as well add that Naomi Watts was stunning as ever - and makes for more interesting watching, if you know what I mean. ;]Read full review
Having borrowed the DVD from a friend and having really enjoyed it I descided to add it to my collection. I only buy films I would watch over and over again so this rates very highly! With Geoff Rush, the late Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom in it the film is, I thought, more enjoyable than the earlier version with Mick Jagger. The plot is very close to the real story - which is supported by several documentaries in the DVD extras - and is well paced, gritty and very well acted. Overall 10/10 for a good film. I'm glad I bought my copy on the Bay