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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best drama we've seen in a while!
Not as average as people make out! Its just that people dont appreciate real drama as they are so used to being blinded by special effects. Heath Ledger conveys the character of Ned with real conviction and there are some very moving scenes. Orlando Bloom brings comical relief to the movie (and smouldering good looks) as Joe Byrne, Ned's womanising best friend. Naomi...
Published on 19 Feb 2004

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3.0 out of 5 stars Better than some people think.
When it comes to films, music, books e.t.c peoples opinions differ. Some people don't have the same tastes as others and some non at all. People who have given this film bad press are mainly the girls (girls not ladies) as no doubt they were expecting a film with a love story and 'hunky' guys in. This was not the case as the guys had long hair and long beards, they looked...
Published on 7 Feb 2004 by J. C. Eames


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best drama we've seen in a while!, 19 Feb 2004
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This review is from: Ned Kelly [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Not as average as people make out! Its just that people dont appreciate real drama as they are so used to being blinded by special effects. Heath Ledger conveys the character of Ned with real conviction and there are some very moving scenes. Orlando Bloom brings comical relief to the movie (and smouldering good looks) as Joe Byrne, Ned's womanising best friend. Naomi Watts' character was slightly unnecessary but portrays just how alone the Kelly gang were when facing the discriminating and frankly the bullying of the Victorian police in Australia. Geoffrey Rush appeares unfrequently in the movie, but he plays his character very well if not quite similar to the character of Captain Barbossa in Pirates-we fear he has been type casted!!! Overall, an alternative movie to the usual mainstream action adventure movie but a must see that leaves you thinking and quite sombre.
Ignore some of these reviews-the eye candy isnt the only thing going for this movie-it merely draws you in!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning, 14 Feb 2004
This review is from: Ned Kelly [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
The latest of many cinematic portrayals of the Kelly Gang, this film has perhaps been underrated by critics and moviegoers following its limited theatrical release.
Although at times the film strays from historical fact, most notably with Ned Kelly's love interest (played by Naomi Watts), the changes - even if not entirely necessary - do work, and the film has much to offer with its stunning cinematography and cast performances.
Heath Ledger's performance as Ned Kelly is to his credit, Orlando Bloom shines as Joe Byrne, and actors Laurence Kinlan and Phil Barantini both deliver extremely promising performances as Dan Kelly and Steve Hart respectively.
Combined, the acting and cinematography contribute to make this an extremely moving and beautifully done film, and it therefore comes highly recommended.
The DVD extras consist of a short documentary on Ned Kelly, with particular focus on the various cinematic portrayals of the Kelly Gang, along with some photos which include artist conceptions, theatrical posters and a Kelly Gang gallery. There's no doubt that more extras - such as cast interviews, audio commentaries and/or a 'making of' featurette - would have been a worthy addition, but what has been included, although limited, is still of great interest.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than some people think., 7 Feb 2004
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J. C. Eames "Winston" (Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ned Kelly [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
When it comes to films, music, books e.t.c peoples opinions differ. Some people don't have the same tastes as others and some non at all. People who have given this film bad press are mainly the girls (girls not ladies) as no doubt they were expecting a film with a love story and 'hunky' guys in. This was not the case as the guys had long hair and long beards, they looked scruffy, dirty, sweaty and smelly. I liked this because living in the conditions the film was depicting thats how they would look and smell. This film was not out to please anyone and someone elses comment of when they resort to eating a horse that it was the directors 'oscar' moment was in my eyes a silly comment. The film is depicting the main events in Ned Kelly's life, being an Irishman in Australia and somewhat of a famous character/legend. To some he was a hero to others a villain. In this film he is shown as a man with pride who will not bow down to the selfish and demanding will of others, even the law. This leads Ned getting into trouble and becoming an outlaw in his own country, his younger brothers all stick up for him and go into hiding with him. The film deals heavily with the discrimination against the Irish and the general evil nature of some people. Obviously the film has to come to a head and does so rather climatically and famously as some may know Ned confronts the law in an iron suit shoot out. The film is not the best ever however I did enjoy it. The acting was up to scratch the accents were bearable and overall I think it's a pretty decent film, and it's not pretending to be something it's not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It’s Regina versus us; The Kelly Gang., 4 Jun 2014
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ned Kelly [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Ned Kelly is directed by Gregor Jordan and written by John Michael McDonagh (based on “Our Sunshine” written by Robert Drewe). It stars Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Naomi Watts, Geoffrey Rush and Joel Edgerton. Music is by Klaus Badelt and cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.

The Australian Robin Hood? Well not quite, but Ned Kelly’s name and exploits live on for ever more. As is often the case with film’s of this type, such as Braveheart, it’s best to approach them as interpretations of real events and people, than actual historical facts. The core basis of Ned Kelly the man is here, and the picture built around him is handsomely mounted. Also ripe with strong character portrayals by the key actors (fluctuating accents and dodgy beards aside) and shot through with enough lyrical smarts by Jordan, it’s a film big on atmosphere and authentic feel.

However, obviously hamstrung by budget and running time etc, much of the story feels incomplete. There’s also the problem of under using Geoffrey Rush, who although playing a key character in the Kelly legend, is only on the periphery of things. Still, the evident problems can’t stop it from being an engaging piece of entertainment. It’s consistently beautiful to look at, Badelt’s mournful musical score is an absolute cracker and the action is well staged by the passionate Jordan.

We are still waiting for the definitive Ned Kelly Gang movie, because although this is made with care of the source stories, it only scratches the surface of this most interesting period of Australian history. 7/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 July 2014
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This review is from: Ned Kelly [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Great film
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, 30 May 2014
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If you are interested in legendary outlaws then this is for you. Ned Kelly and his family, bullied by local Police, decided to become an outlaw after his Mother was accused falsely and jailed. The film concentrates on him and his gang, bank robbing and shooting Police. His final last stand and its aftermath is just so charasmatic.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed and unconvincing, 30 Nov 2013
This review is from: Ned Kelly [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
If you enjoy good plotting, good directing, good acting and good dialogue ...... don't bother watching this disconnected and implausible film. I was too bored to watch it all the way through, and was at no point emotionally gripped by what should be an exciting and emotional narrative. The love interest provided by Naomi Watts adds nothing - just another version of Lady Chatterley, and is utterly unconvincing. In short, don't waste your time, but instead read Ned in his own words, or through the voice of Peter Carey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ned Kelly, 6 Nov 2013
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Powerful film with brilliant Heath Ledger. If you don't know this part of Australian history, that's a movie for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dvd ned kelly, 21 Oct 2013
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had seen it some time ago and decided to add to my collection as it was good value for money.
very watchable
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4.0 out of 5 stars DVD, 8 May 2013
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I really enjoyed this film, its a touching story from the opinion of oppressed migrants in Australia one hundred years ago
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