Gallipoli Reviews

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June 5, 2015
Emotional and powerful.
½ May 19, 2015
Superbly produced, directed and acted Australian film. Not really dated at all - well, the only thing that might be perceived to be dated is the Aussies treatment of the locals in Egypt - this might have been chuckled at in by '80s audiences but embarrassingly cringed at these days (but I suspect the refined types who made the film intended the latter reaction from the get-go). Overall, the film is a classic, superb.

There will be issues for those who might interpret the final battle strategy as fact-rather-than-fiction, but I can understand WHY Williamson and Weir used poetic license. Despite the fact that FAR more Brits (and French, and of course Turks) died on the Gallipoli peninsula than Aussies - the film is as much about Australia developing its own identity by distinguishing itself from Mother England (in 1915 AND 1981) as it was about the battle itself. But the film didn't need to set up the clueless, snobby poms as the bad guys in that final act to have an impact. The pointlessness of the war, the tragic stupidity of the whole thing is apparent just from the visuals of the older teenagers and young men getting mowed down like cannon fodder.

As is apparent from the LONG lead up to the third act/war scenes, this film, while it might be seen through the prism of war, is really about the Australian identity as defined through mateship. The naive idealism of Archie balanced by the cocky pragmatism of Frank. But also the larrikin nature of Frank's three mates. Sensational perfs across the board, but with Gibson leaking charisma over the rest of them. The tale spans the globe, and feels epic, in a way. It is stunningly lensed, with verisimilitude dripping from every shot. I never felt once that I wasn't alongside these boys in the Australian desert, on in those Cairo fleapits, or those trenches in Turkey. Some staggering shots, and some intimate ones too. It feels epic, but it's not, not really. It basically boils down to a friendship between two very young men. And their journey to, and within, a very tragic, very sad war.
½ August 6, 2010
What a movie. And what an ending!
April 9, 2015
A modern day All's Quiet.The folly of war never looked so heart wrenching.
January 29, 2015
Peter Weir's direction is always outstanding, even if the story contains a good deal of filler. Full review later.
½ December 20, 2014
Nice work from Peter Weir, supported by a very young Mel Gibson...
September 1, 2014
A brilliant and memorable war film starring an emotionally stirring Mel Gibson performance as we're progressively shown the ultimate horrific and tragedy of war.
February 19, 2013
"Weir's work has a delicacy, gentleness, even wispiness that would seem not well suited to the subject. And yet his film has an uncommon beauty, warmth, and immediacy, and a touch of the mysterious, too."
Janet Maslin, New York Times
September 12, 2007
Weir's work has a delicacy, gentleness, even wispiness that would seem not well suited to the subject. And yet his film has an uncommon beauty, warmth, and immediacy, and a touch of the mysterious, too.
June 22, 2014
An Australian film classic by Peter Weir and also a devastating emotional piece that pays respect and honor to the ANZACS
½ June 20, 2014
This devastating tale is an imaginative and tragic prelude to one of the most horrific events of the First World War.
June 16, 2014
I found the first 80 mins tiring to watch, but it was all worth for the last 30 mins are utterly heart-wrenching and unforgettable.
½ June 25, 2007
Finally got around to seeing this one. A strong, solid drama about young Australians facing WWI. The story starts off being about Archy (Mark Lee) - and it is quite captivating - but is soon taken over by Mel Gibson's Frank. In the end, the movie doesn't seem to do either character enough justice. Personally, I would have preferred if it had stuck with Archy. Other than that, it is a charming enough piece. It's always interesting to see great actors in their earlier roles, to see how much they have grown or how much daring they have lost.
½ May 16, 2014
A stirring and very touching tribute to all the Australians and New Zealanders who died fighting for their country during the war one of Australia's best ever films
May 3, 2014
A really well made Australian Film that addresses the myth of glory in war and the harsh reality of war itself. The movie follows two young men who pursue their opportunity to join the Australian Army to fight in Turkey in World War. It is quite an adventure that ends in absolute tragedy.
½ April 20, 2014
A really well-made Aussie film (aside from the soundtrack), which is unique in that it spends over an hour developing the back story of the two leads (Gibson & Lee) as runners, then some time on their training in Egypt - they're only in Turkey in WWI for the final 30min. This is good, however, as there's some lighthearted fun for most of the film and good-natured Aussie larrikin-ness. Obviously, it gets quite serious at the end and is pretty poignant when one chooses to sacrifice himself for the other. Very true as well, when in the desert they meet an Australian who didn't know the war was going on - "why do we care about the English fighting some other country in Europe?" So true.
April 17, 2014
A decent portrayal of the infamous battle.
½ March 7, 2014
Well crafted but badly aged, especially when it comes to the Faux-gelis power-synth score.
January 17, 2014
One of my favorite Peter Weir movie, this incredible story of a young man enrolling in the army to go fight on the shores of Gallipoli is amazingly directed & shot perfectly by a talented team. Gibson is marvelous as always. The film of a lost & sacrificed generation.
January 16, 2014
My main issue with this movie is the 80s synth track that plays whenever there is running. Every time it played I was yanked out of the time period, and gut laughing at the absurdity of it.
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