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Out of Africa Reviews

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½ November 1, 2015
This is part of a dead breed of film, a lavish historical drama. Unlike other ones this film has heart, astounding cinematography, and creates a world that is lost but not overly romanticized. It is a tale of a strong woman who tries to love one unavailable man only to fall in love with another such soul. Contemporaries have been too hard on this one. I am almost compelled to wage a long campaign in its defense.
August 9, 2015
Sydney Pollack's Out of Africa is a well made film filled with strong performances and great cinematography, but it doesn't keep the viewer in any suspense. From the opening scene of an elderly bitter Streep you know that she is going to have to go through the typical Hollywood treatment of heartbreak. With all the positives the film has and it's exotic location, it still just doesn't take me in to really invest in any of the characters even after almost the three hour length.
July 16, 2015
These two actors are stellar. A story of passion and tragedy, one for the ages.
June 11, 2015
How anyone could rate this film lower than at least 4 stars is beyond me. This is a warm, well written, interesting & deeply romantic/sad film that can be watched again and again. Streep is absolutely phenomenal.
½ May 10, 2015
Out of Africa has magnificent cinematography, beautiful music and great scenery, but it is in the end a very mediocre film thanks to boring story, tedious characters, annoying Streep's accent and a lack of any energy and charm in its execution and direction. Consequently, it did not deserve Best Picture, it did not deserve any of its nominations beside the technical ones and it nowadays has the critics ratings it deserved to have at the very first place because it really is a mediocre film.
April 14, 2015
Great scenery,good acting - boring plot
½ March 29, 2015
Nothing overly spectacular, but Out of Africa boasts decent performances from Streep and Redford and impressive cinematography that helps pull it through
March 22, 2015
How Can I HAVE a fulHD MOVIE,out of AFRICAN
½ March 15, 2015
The plane scene with the Barry score is why you watch movies
½ March 2, 2015
Soooooo slooooooooowwwwww.
½ March 1, 2015
There were some moments of awkwardness in the writing and the performances, separately, when trying to match the epic scale of the bloated time while not offering a whole lot to be interesting to keep on watching. But the film done an overall job of showing decent justification of its Best Picture title by having the cinematography taking its time showing really nice views of Africa with the nice casted pair as our tour guides performing at their usual. (B)

(Full review coming soon - with better wording probably)
February 18, 2015
Sydney Pollack's visually breathtaking recreation of early twentieth century Nairobi is enhanced by a sublime performance by Meryl Streep and the typically welcome presence of Robert Redford. The cinematography is ravishing. The film loses points for its unfocused screenplay and sluggish pacing.
February 1, 2015
Syndey Pollack's Out of Africa is a sweeping period romance, has beautiful scenery and costumes, great cinematography, one of the greatest soundtracks to date, and Meryl Steep, Robert Redford, and Klaus Brandauer are excellent.
January 30, 2015
Beautiful direction and two great performances make for fantastic viewing. Full review later.
January 20, 2015
Hermosa fotografža, pellcula algo sensiblera, pero todo un homenaje a Africa.
January 20, 2015
Rarely, there is something.
January 19, 2015
love love this epic love story
December 30, 2014
Gorgeous scenery/beautiful actors. Amazing music. Hadn't seen it for years and thoroughly enjoyed it - again.
December 28, 2014
WOW.....WOW.....WOW....WOW....JUST SEEN THIS MOVIE 4 THE 1ST TIME N THINK THAT THIS IS SUCH AN INCREDIBLE MOVIE 2 WATCH.......ITS GOT A GREAT CAST OF ACTORS/ACTRESSESS THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE......I think that Robert redford, meryl streep, Michael kitchen, Klaus maria brandauer, play good roles/parts throughout this movie........I think that this is such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch.......

This film quotes the start of the book, "I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills" [p. 3], and Karen recites, "He prayeth well that loveth well both man and bird and beast" from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, which becomes the epitaph inscribed on Finch Hatton's grave marker [p. 370].

This film differs significantly from the book, leaving out the devastating locust swarm, some local shootings, and Karen's writings about the German army. The production also downplays the size of her 4,000 acres (16 km2) farm, with 800 Kikuyu workers and an 18-oxen wagon. Scenes show Karen as owning only one dog, but actually, she had two similar dogs named Dawn and Dusk.

The film also takes liberties with Denys and Karen's romance. They met at a hunting club, not in the plains. Denys was away from Kenya for two years on military assignment in Egypt, which is not mentioned. Denys took up flying and began to lead safaris after he moved in with Karen. The film also ignores the fact that Karen was pregnant at least once with Finch Hatton's child, but she suffered from miscarriages. Furthermore, Denys was decidedly English, but this fact was downplayed by the hiring of the actor Robert Redford, an inarguably all-American actor who had previously worked with Pollack. When Redford accepted the contract to play, he did so fully intending to play him as an Englishman. This conception was later reversed by the director Sydney Pollack, who thought it would be distracting for the audience. In fact, Redford reportedly had to re-record some of his lines from early takes in the filming, in which he still spoke with a trace of English accent.

The title scenes of the film show the main railway, from Mombasa to Nairobi, as travelling through the Kenyan Rift Valley, on the steep back side of the actual Ngong Hills. However, the real railway track is located on the higher, opposite side of the Ngong Hills. The passenger car was actually a small combination office / sleeper that was originally used by supervisors during the building of the Uganda Railway and was the actual car from which a man was taken and killed by a marauding lioness.

The film shows Karen reciting from To An Athlete Dying Young at Finch
Hatton's funeral but there is no mention of this in the book.

man this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch, I think that this is such a really sad movie 2 watch.......I think that this is such a powerful drama movie 2 watch, its got such a fantastic cast throughout this movie.....

Karen Blixen: (Voiceover) I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills. The Equator runs across these highlands, a hundred miles to the north, and the farm lay at an altitude of over six thousand feet. In the daytime you felt that you had got high up; near to the sun, but the early mornings and evenings were limpid and restful, and the nights were cold.

Out of Africa has received mixed reviews from critics, where today the film currently holds a 52% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 42 reviews with the consensus: "Though lensed with stunning cinematography and featuring a pair of winning performances from Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, Out of Africa suffers from excessive length and glacial pacing." Out of Africa along with The Greatest Show on Earth, Cimarron, and Cavalcade remain to be the only Best Picture Oscar winners to have "rotten" (below 60%) scores on Rotten Tomatoes

its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie.....man this is such a fantastic drama movie 2 watch, it is such a great romantic drama movie 2 watch with a great cast throughout this movie.......
½ December 20, 2014
A long movie that gets a bit dull with time.
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