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Ned Kelly (2003)
What I thought *warning spoilers*
I saw Ned Kelly on the weekend, and I can honestly say it was the BEST movie I have ever seen, as far as historical accuracy goes. Except Ned's romance, the movie pretty much touched on every single major event that happened to Ned and his family and friends. Movies are made to be an escape route from reality, people. They do not have to be 100% accurate. How can any of you say that it's a crap movie, without looking at all aspects of it? First of all, how many of you could make a movie based on a VERY controversial figure of Australian society, that I'm guessing MOST of you would know next to nothing about? No one. It would be VERY difficult to create a movie that respects and concedes to the actual events AND maintain viewer interest. The movie was VERY historically accurate, and I'm guessing that's why most of you, not all of you, but most do not like it. Because it conform's too much of the actual events. It is difficult enough to make a movie, let alone one based on an actual person, which is more difficult than making one on an actual event. It is also about perception. I respect you all for your opinions, but don't you think you're being a little hard on the filmmakers? Ned Kelly was a very complex and controversial Australian figure. A lot of people regarded him as a criminal, a menace to society. Others saw him as a hero to all those of lower / working class status people, who were persecuted by a corrupt police system, just like he claimed to be. So don't you think it would be a little more difficult to create such a movie about a person like Ned Kelly? I definitely think so. So how can you call it crap, when you probably know next to nothing on what you are talking about?
Heath Ledger was absolutaly amazing. He was able to study and become a person who was so difficult to grasp a full understanding of, and he portrayed him as I think Ned was - a real person, a man who was unjustly treated, a man with a heart, a soul. A man who liked, and would never harm women and children. A man of principals and who stood up for his convictions. A man, loyal to his family and friends. A man who rebelled against the corrupt establishment of his time. For an actor to do that, a be able to present him as real, and despite whether you agree that Ned was a good person or not, you have to admit is pretty damn amazing.
Orlando Bloom, as Joe Byrne - What can I say? He was brilliant! He provided the light-hearted comical relief in the ways he tries to pick up women, without taking away the serious nature, the mood of the film. Orlando became a character, and presented him as a loyal, passionate man. Loyal to Ned, his friends, his convictions & beliefs, and passionate towards the cause that I believe that he and the rest of the Kelly gang had fought and died for.
The movie itself was so historically accurate - Ned Kelly, as a child, saving that boy from drowning, him later getting arrested for stealing a horse, him vowing to stay out of trouble with the law, the lying policeman, Ned's mother getting arrested, Ned getting accused of attempted murder, the Kelly gang being labelled as outlaws with the establishment declaring them so, that anyone could capture or kill them for the bounty, the Kelly gang robbing banks, etc., the Kelly gang being labelled as hero's... The Glenrowan Inn... The final showdown, the metal armour, the Inn getting torched, Joe Byrne, Steve Hart, and Dan Kelly all dying in the Inn, Ned getting shot, getting captured... the final words, "Such is Life"... this is all historical facts that actually happened. This was all included in the movie. I think that's why many of you didn't like it.
To be able to create such an emotionally charged movie, with the terrific cast to back it up, is pretty damn good. And how can anyone not be brought to almost tears as Steve Hart and Dan Kelly sat in the burning in, committing suicide? Or when the police finally caught Ned?
Finally I was able to get that off my chest (after reading loads of posts totally ripping at the movie). And if anyone thinks I'm taking it too seriously, then so be it. But I am an Australian, and I loved the way that Ned Kelly, Australia's most controversial figure in history, was able to be portrayed in a different light to what he usually is - as a human being.
My only thing I didn't like about the movie was when they died... oh well... 'Such is Life'... Lol