True History of the Kelly Gang Reviews

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May 24, 2020
Neither true nor history, this flight of fantasy has too few moments of excitement buried in the taxing rhetoric.
May 1, 2020
...it does mean you're better off reading Peter Carey's novel, a rip-roaring work of historical fiction that truly does its namesake proud.
April 29, 2020
They did some really weird things that just did not work.
April 27, 2020
Throws an unsuccessful camp-cum-punk spin on an oft-told stor
April 25, 2020
True History of the Kelly Gang has plenty of potential, but for a myriad of reasons, it just never coheres into what it could have been.
April 24, 2020
Scene to scene I found it riveting, but that said, by the end of it I felt like it added up to less than the sum of its parts.
April 24, 2020
We've been told this story since the first feature film of all time in 1906... I just don't know how much more they can squeeze out.
April 24, 2020
A weird, moody fictionalization of a historical figure that is occasionally inspired but often just perplexing.
April 24, 2020
That unhinged, hallucinatory spirit is what Kurzel taps into visually... realism clashing with fantasy to the point where the landscape feels more Mordor than the bush outside Melbourne... It's a lot. A little too much for me.
April 24, 2020
There are stretches of The True History of the Kelly Gang, especially in the first half, that are undeniably compelling, but as it goes on and on it just feels more like a missed opportunity than anything else.
April 24, 2020
While Australian director Justin Dallas Kurzel's True History of the Kelly Gang is just the latest in this cinematic legacy, it's arguably the most visceral and brutal.
April 24, 2020
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
[I]ts style is more of an impediment to the movie's potential depth than a complement to it.
April 24, 2020
By the end, when the inevitable happens, it's hard to care much, since we know so little. But at least we had some fun along the way.
April 23, 2020
The movie's biggest surprise remains that it lacks any.
April 23, 2020
[Kurzel] wants this "true history" to be a Rorschach blot of Australia's national psychology, but he's made something closer to splatter art instead.
April 23, 2020
Grant and Kurzel's conceptions of the characters are so one-dimensional they seem to defeat the movie's talented cast.
April 23, 2020
There's no suspense or mystery, just a series of jumbled, often contradictory events, held together by moody, atmospheric cinematography and hushed voiceover from MacKay.
April 23, 2020
This film creates two things: a challenge of substance and the equivalent of a violent bedtime story.
April 22, 2020
Pacing discrepancies aside, it's as if the director is too shy about the material, his style going from haunting to predictable.
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