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.
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.