British director Nicolas Roeg's masterful adaptation of the Australia-set novel is a visual feast matched with great performances and a subtly brilliant screenplay. Utilizing visual juxtaposition and implications rather than pages of dialogue, the film shows the disconnect between modern, "advanced" life; selfish, consumerist, lazy, and "primitive:" hard work, cooperation, and independence. A timeless masterpiece.
I waited too long to watch this film, and finally I watched it. Its a truly magnificent, rewarding film. There's a raw kind of beauty in it you can't find anywhere else. The scenery is magical. It looks like it's a movie about the gap between civilization and the life in nature, but I realized it's more likely a movie about human loneliness and communication. A must see for anyone (well not anyone). 5 stars
Walkabout is a great survival film about the wilderness and alienation. The film's themes seem akin to the story of the Tower of Babel, due to the barrier in communication between the Aborigine boy and the white girl and how much is lost in translation. Nicolas Roeg, who shot and directed the film, displays his immense filmmaking talent in every scene. Walkabout is a beautiful film that is beautifully made.
Could be accused of pretentiousness (the aborigine man cuts a carcass, intercut with a butcher cutting meat on a slab), but it's refreshing to watch a film which is so alive to the possibilities of cinema as a visual medium. The sun sizzles and the earth crackles -we are reminded at every step on Walkabout that we are always the sum of our interactions with a hostile envirnoment, and our civilisation will not endure.