Mia Wasikowska plays Robyn Davidson who embarks on huge journey in Australia from the centre to the west. She seems to like animals better than people. Actively avoiding other humans wherever possible.
For me it lacked any pizzazz. While this might be a true story, this offering was hardly doing it any justice. Robyn is portrayed has lukewarm and a bit of an animal nut. Adam Driver (Girls) appears as her photographer Rick Smolan, who goes with her. (This is odd if she doesn’t like people.)
The scenery is the best thing about this film, Australia is a beautiful land and there’s ample good footage. However there’s no spark between Rick and Robyn, no humour, no romance. She might prefer camels to humans but I don’t want see something like that on the screen! The advert years ago of the singing camel on a BT advert sprung to mind; #‘Are you lonesome tonight.’
The film lacked comedy and more importantly companionship. What could have been a very interesting story was lost in one part due to narration about the event and then the event itself. It was very taxing having to watch the journey and there was times when I just hoping she’d find a shortcut. ‘Camel farm – 1 mile west. No humans guaranteed.’
Adam Driver shows promise but he’s hardly taxed in the role. Seemingly just happy to be there. And why not, the pair of them are getting a great trip for free. Sadly that doesn’t make movie gold.
I’m giving this 2/10. Perhaps it could have used more people or a different actress? Carrying a film by yourself is a very big responsibility. I don’t think Mia Wasikowska is ready for such a feat yet.
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