WALKABOUT both is and is not the same movie it was when I saw it in my early teens and it kinda changed my life. I see it very clearly now as a dispatch from more innocent times perhaps best addressed to the comparably innocent. There really is no denying here a fairly simple-minded world-view and quality of naïveté married to extremely forward-looking formal dexterity. Roeg demonstrates a true spirit of reinvention.
On the one hand a good coming of age story, and good enough in that respect, but it also provides a critique of our modern Western world (albeit not subtly) when contrasted with the ancient Aboriginal way of life. The cinematography is excellent and Roeg makes use of some interesting editing techniques. Perhaps a tad romantic for some but I liked it.
How miserable is the Western world? How frequent ecstatic moments? An idyllic portrait of the primordial that comparatively denounces civilization, with its property rights that banish the lost, murderous technologies, and "knowledge," as heard on cassettes and radio signals, equivalent to "that that is, is." No, this seems to say reason and critical thinking are to our spiritual detriment. Time to move to Hawaii.