True History of the Kelly Gang Reviews

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May 8, 2020
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.
April 24, 2020
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
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
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
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
"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 23, 2020
Mick Jagger and Heath Ledger have previously played Australia's 19th-century Robin Hood. But George MacKay tops them in this punk-rock take from Justin Kurzel that blows the dust off history to create something thrillingly transgressive.
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
"True History of the Kelly Gang" may not be history as recorded by historians, but it's history as recorded by a director with verve and vision. In this case, that's enough.
April 23, 2020
A tale of bodies and brutality, and of skin slick with blood spatter... It's a story of nature versus nurture, of a boy who is forced to be a man, and a man who just wants to be a boy, and the crashing, crushing inevitability of his grisly destiny.
April 22, 2020
"True History of the Kelly Gang" may not be history as recorded by historians. But it's history as recorded by a director with verve and vision.
April 16, 2020
What Kelly Gang lacks in historical accuracy it makes up for with brash punk energy.
March 5, 2020
MacKay's Kelly is as memorable as Montana. And that's no lie.
March 2, 2020
[A] stylish, intensely guttural and testosterone-soaked adaptation of Peter Carey's Booker prizewinning novel that, at its most affecting and disturbing, unfolds as a primal cinematic scream.
February 28, 2020
Director Justin Kurzel ... here returns to what he does best: sparse, violent and hallucinatory visions of mankind's unchecked rage.
February 26, 2020
The film is as good as its word, this version of the Kelly legend based on the Booker Prize-winning novel by Peter Carey.
February 26, 2020
This is a film which... mistakes flamboyant posturing and raw physicality for authentic performance.
February 21, 2020
The climax is a punky, Peckinpah-lite splurge that jettisons the emotion and power in a hail of lead.
February 19, 2020
The result less resembles a conventional period piece than Kubrick's Barry Lyndon with its fingers jammed in the plug socket.
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