Australia and the US are seemingly far apart, but these days it’s not uncommon for Australian creators to work in Hollywood. Baz Luhrman is one of Australia’s most successful international directors. He doesn’t put out a new movie every year, but every time he does, his work will almost certainly be worth a look.
Luhrmann is no stranger to movie musicals, having directed the popular musical Moulin Rouge! (2001). His latest project Elvis, also returns to music, albeit in a different way, as it portrays the life of the legendary Elvis Presley, played by Austin Butler. With his latest film out now, it’s a good time to take a look at Luhrmann’s filmography, which includes many well-reviewed films.
Movies are ranked by their IMDb scores.
6 Australia (2008): 6.6
Luhrmann returned to his native country when he directed this epic romantic drama set in the first half of the 20th century. Nicole Kidman plays Lady Sarah Ashley, an Englishwoman who inherits a ranch. She goes to Australia and has to overcome many challenges. Fortunately, she hires a man named Drover (Hugh Jackman) who might be the right person to help her.
The film has its dramatic and romantic moments, and the lead duo Kidman and Jackman create a believable relationship that doesn’t always go smoothly, but leads to a strong bond nonetheless. Australia It’s beautifully set, and while it wasn’t as financially successful as other Luhrmann movies, it’s still a must-see for fans of the western slash romance slash drama genre. An interesting fact is that Heath Ledger was originally cast in the film, but changed his mind and took on the role of the Joker in The dark knight (2008) instead.
5 Romeo + Juliet (1996): 6.7
Baz Luhrmann is one of those directors who likes to work with the same actors multiple times if their first cooperation worked out well. One of those actors is Nicole Kidman, while another is Leonardo DiCaprio. william shakespeare Romeo and Juliet is a well-known story, but the 1996 film adaptation places it in the present day, making it different from the original. What remains the same is the unfolding love story between two young men who find their way despite initial difficulties…but whose relationship likely won’t have a happy ending.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in the lead roles give good performances. However, as with various movies, the roles could have gone to different people. For example, actresses like Natalie Portman, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon, and Christina Ricci were all considered for the role of Julie before she went for the Danes. Not everyone liked the fact that the story was modernized, but most of the audience appreciated the quality of the film.
4 Strictly Ballroom (1992): 7.2
Baz Luhrmann’s first feature film is not as well known as his later work, but it earned positive reviews nonetheless. strictly ballroom is a romantic comedy about Scott, a man who has been training hard for a dance competition. His dream is in jeopardy when he has to work with a new dance partner, Fran.
Although it is possible to guess how some plot points will evolve, strictly ballroom ultimately, it comes across as a feel-good movie set to great music. He already hints at the fact that music and dance will play an important role in several of Luhrmann’s future films. Unlike most of his later work, the director made this film in Australia and won several prestigious BAFTA awards.
3 The Great Gatsby (2013): 7.2
by assuming The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann proved, once again, that he mastered portraying distant times, the atmosphere of the past. Inspired by Francis Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel, The Great Gatsby centers on three people who grow closer while leading their pleasure-filled, mostly careless lives… or so it seems, except that nothing is as perfect as they’d like it to be.
The story is often unpredictable and it is interesting to see how the lives of the characters evolve. The film stars several familiar faces, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, and Elizabeth Debicki, and all of them do not disappoint. The Great Gatsby it won two Oscars, including best costume, and is visually beautiful as a whole.
two Moulin Rouge! (2001): 7.6
For this day, Moulin Rouge! It remains Luhrmann’s most famous film and the tragic love story between Nicole Kidman’s Satine and Ewan McGregor’s Christian continues to move viewers. Set in Paris in 1900, the film creates a strong atmosphere and is filled with memorable music and beautiful images, something that is typical of Baz Luhrmann’s films.
What makes this movie even more memorable is how it manages to blend modern music and a historical setting into a cohesive whole. Moulin Rouge! It turned out to be a success as it was nominated for eight Oscars, winning two of them.
1 Elvis (2022): 7.8
With only a thousand ratings on IMDb, the film’s overall rating is likely to still change. But still, Elvis it has positive reviews from critics and moviegoers alike. Elvis Presley is a very familiar name to music fans, but this movie inspired by true events shows a different side of his life that not everyone may know. It portrays the complicated relationship between Elvis and his manager Tom Parker.
The film offers a captivating story, wonderful music, and strong performances from both Austin Butler as Elvis and Tom Hanks, who played Parker. Although Parker is one of the protagonists of the film, he is not very likeable, which makes the story more interesting. Although it is difficult to predict the future, it is not an exaggeration to imagine that Elvis he could very well get an Oscar nomination in the future, or even win an Academy Award.
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