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
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.
This film is very 1970s, and that's not said in jest. It seems to capture a lot of the experimentation and illusive imagery you found outside of Hollywood in that period - the cinematic climate, if you will. Full of beautiful cinematography, the apparently simple story runs very deep and conjures the ideas of communication, sexual awakening, modernity, and ultimately life.