Oddly underwhelming. Atmospheric and beautiful - this shit photographs itself - but I don't feel we ever get under Robyn's skin, despite multiple flashbacks. Rick says at one point, "I think you don't like people", but we never understand why, so it's hard to will her towards both her geographical and mental destinations. 'Wild' (2014) does a far better job in projecting its protagonist's motivations.
Mia Wasikowska's face radiates on every shot. She really has what a lot of actresses of her age lack of: Light. The movie is splendidly photographed, sort of between Picnic at Hanging Rock (obvious reference) and The Sheltering Sky.
Fine performances in breathtaking locations, all captured quite elegantly. Mia's performance in particular is quite internal and subtle, but never loses its power or its fire. Main criticism is Curran's choice to ignore Robyn's mind (and its degradation), predominantly during the first two acts. All around beautiful production - even stunning, at times.
Epic masterpiece. Mia Wasikowska is incredible in this journey, which is paved with both beautiful and horrific moments and scenarios. The landscapes also share this ambivalence, sometimes feeling like heaven and others like hell. The supporting characters all add something to the story and the soundtrack was quite special too.
Mia Wasikowska gives a revelatory performance here in this biopic of Robyn Davidson who walked 2700km across the Australian desert in 1977 just to do it. Mia is able to get to that inner journey that Robyn took and share something both vital and deep with the viewing audience. Curran's direction is quite good and establishes a nice rhythm in storytelling in this woman vs nature tale. One of the year's finest.
While the film didn't captivate me to the same extent that the book did, this is a beautifully filmed portrayal of headstrong but reclusive Robyn Davidson's trek from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory west to the Western Australian coastline. Mia Wasikowska gives a very credible performance as the enigmatic Robyn while Robert Coleby is almost unrecognizable as Pop.
What starts off fairly pedestrian and obvious in its construction evolves into quite a beautiful and often heart warming story of determination and survival. It's the wonderful support characters that elevate this film; from the fantastic old fella acting as her guide to the isolated and seriously weather-beaten old couple that take her in like their own daughter. 3 stars