You can kill a man. But not a legend.
Directed by: Gregor Jordan
2004 Cosmique Movie Awards
Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom lead a star-studded retelling of the outlaw Ned Kelly, Australia's iconic 19th century Robin Hood who was framed for a crime and forced to become an outlaw to protect his arrested family.
The legend of Ned Kelly has grown over the generations, given him an emotional resonance with Australians that is more on par with a U.S. founding father rather than, say, a Daniel Boone or Davie Crockett. This film attempts to capture and explain those emotions, particularly for international audiences, but either the cast or the script somehow fail to fully deliver the emotional punch. The story is executed adequately but not brilliantly.
Although released in Australia in 2003, "Ned Kelly" didn't get a U.S. release until its limited run in early 2004, thus allowing it to qualify for the fifth annual Cosmique Movie Awards. It probably won't register very highly with Cosmo voters. Still, the Best Historical category rarely draws a large pool of candidates, and if that holds true again this year, this film's ready availability on DVD could help it squeak in a nomination.
My Rating: 6
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