True History of the Kelly Gang

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Its unusual approach won't be for all viewers, but True History of the Kelly Gang takes a distinctively postmodern look at Australia's past.

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Set against the badlands of colonial Australia where the English rule with a bloody fist and the Irish endure, Ned Kelly (George MacKay) discovers he comes from a line of Irish rebels called the Sons of Sieve, an uncompromising army of cross dressing bandits immortalized for terrorizing their oppressors back in Ireland. Nurtured by the notorious bushranger Harry Power (Russell Crowe) and fueled by the unfair arrest of his mother, Ned Kelly recruits a wild bunch of warriors to plot one of the most audacious attacks of anarchy and rebellion the country has ever seen.

Cast

George MacKay
as Ned Kelly
Russell Crowe
as Harry Power
Nicholas Hoult
as Constable Fitzpatrick
Essie Davis
as Ellen Kelly
Charlie Hunnam
as Sergeant O'Neil
Sean P. Keenan
as Joe Byrne
Earl Cave
as Dan Kelly
Louis Hewison
as Steve Hart
Orlando Schwerdt
as Young Ned Kelly
Claudia Karvan
as Mrs. Shelton
Markella Kavenagh
as Jane Cotter
Marlon Williams
as George King
Jacob Collins-Levy
as Thomas Curnow
Amy Christian
as Miss Robinson's Girl
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  • Those who enjoy gritty, angry Westerns (especially those set in the Australian bush rather than along the American frontier) will find much here to their taste, none of which is in need of additional seasoning.

    May 8, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There's a texture and a muck that are so tangible that they really put you in the middle of this film. You can taste it and you can smell it.

    April 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • This is myth-making, splattered in blood, scored with an electric guitar, and enacted with such brazen bigness that you wouldn't be surprised if the cast assembled for a curtain call at the end.

    April 24, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • But for all its real visual flair, it's hard not to feel that the film misses something crucial about Kelly in the end - trading machismo for manhood, and sensation for true history.

    April 24, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Kurzel's film doesn't simply show us the shattered masculinity and class rage that fueled Kelly's infamous late 19th-century crime spree, it shoots that energy outward like sparks from a forge.

    April 24, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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  • "True History of the Kelly Gang," for its part, strikes just the right balance of scary and crazy, and it subjects both to an impressive measure of discipline.

    April 24, 2020 | Full Review…

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  • May 13, 2020
    I think where this film shines is the visuals Justin Kurzel presents are amazingly gorgeous for being within rural potions of Australia it is often beautifully stylized with a lot of interesting choices when it comes to what we the audience are allowed to see in the frame, The biggest thing holding this film back is that every single character is despicable and I do mean "despicable" like that guy should not be allowed women or children or anyone for that matter. Although within the context of this movie the story revolves around a family of violent bandits with a protagonist whose role models were themselves totally despicable murderers and bushwhackers. This film had me thinking about the movie The Proposition and how I favored the protagonist Guy Pierce plays in Charlie, who is a bandit who seeks redemption and the freedom of his brother by hunting down his violent eldest brother. Such a protagonist is not to be found in this film which makes me ponder why I liked this film so much. I think it may be that it is a really interesting study of what masculinity is and if it is even real or just some social construct that is devoid of real quantifiable form.
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