I read something in the Sunday Times Culture section in late 2008 that outlined that they expected this to be an 'epic' to rival in terms of grandeur classics such as 'Gone with the Wind'. Whilst this film gets nowhere near replicating what has endured as one of the greatest ever films made, it is a good film. The combination of the ongoing love story, the well-to-do air of one of the protagonists, mixing with the less formal, more colloquial presentation of the other, the outback Australian scenery make it easy to see why such comparisons were made. The film cannot be judged against such lofty criteria. Rather, it must be seen as an extravagant demonstration of Luhrmann's cinematic vision, with a cast filled with Australian stars promoting Australia and Australian culture.