Quantcast

Ned Kelly Review

by AVForums
Movies & TV Review

Ned Kelly Review

Hop to

Directed by Gregor Jordan (Buffalo Soldiers) and based upon the novel “Our Sunshine” by Robert Drew, Ned Kelly (played by Heath Ledger) tells the real-life legend of the leader of a notorious gang of outlaws who were hunted across Australia in the late 1800’s.

Kelly’s poor family is just trying to survive, but things take a turn for the worse when a local police officer takes an unhealthy and persistent interest in one of his younger sisters. Unsurprisingly, events spiral out of control as the family takes matters into their own hands. Assisted by his brother and friends (including Orlando Bloom) Kelly manages to incur the wrath of the law, which results in his mother being imprisoned and forcing them to fight back at the law.

Cue several dead policemen later and the band of four outlaws turn to crime to survive, robbing banks and generally having a good time, and seemingly winning the respect of the greater public in the process. Of course, life can’t continue like this, and Geoffrey Rush steps in to lead the man-hunt for the notorious Kelly gang….

Ned Kelly sounds like it has all the right ingredients for an epic, sweeping tale of injustice, revenge and “Robin Hood” style heroics. Unfortunately, not even the all-star cast can lift this beyond the mediocre, due to a weak script and direction.

Aside from the fact that Ned Kelly offers us nothing new (the plot sounds all too familiar doesn’t it?), none of the characters are fleshed out enough. The Naomi Watts subplot feels superfluous to proceedings, and Geoffrey Rush in particular is wasted, having little to do it seems for the duration. Not enough is made of the relationship between the gang, nor the family, nor anyone else in the film, and the end result is that the viewer remains detached from many of the events which happen onscreen. By the time the movie ends there is nothing of the emotion that such a finale should evoke

Ned Kelly isn’t a bad movie, it’s a passable couple of hours entertainment, but sadly it can’t elevate itself anywhere beyond the “average” category. This is even more of a shame considering the cast.

Scores

Verdict

.
.
.
7
6
AVForumsSCORE
OUT OF
10

Our Review Ethos

Read about our review ethos and the meaning of our review badges.

To comment on what you've read here, click the Discussion tab and post a reply.

Related Content

Jumanji: The Next Level Review
  • By Casimir Harlow
  • Published
Netflix's Marriage Story Review
  • By Casimir Harlow
  • Published
Amazon's The Report Review
  • By Casimir Harlow
  • Published
Charlie's Angels Review
  • By Kumari Tilakawardane
  • Published
Knives Out Review
  • By Casimir Harlow
  • Published

Latest Headlines

Sky adds 300 hours of Channel 5 box-sets
  • By Andy Bassett
  • Published
Netflix UK free trials come to an end
  • By Andy Bassett
  • Published
Netflix gains foothold in 300M global pay-TV households
  • By Andy Bassett
  • Published
Top Bottom