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.
The coming of age conventions are exploded to state of constant metamorphosis(see swimming scene) its less about kids growing up and more about moving from a state of modernity to one of transcendence (see the brilliant use of radio sound fx over the setting sun). Roeg working as his own DP was a stroke of genius as his camera work emphasizes the ecstasy of discovery with almost every new shot. 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 could have so easily become melodrama. Instead the ghostly, bubbling, fiery moments are at times quiet and harrowing and at other times warm and gentle. Walkabout is much like when you wake from a dream and try to piece it all together before all the parts fade from your memory. That is at least what I think this wonderful film is about.