Kangaroo

  • 1986
  • 1 HR 48 MIN
  • PG
  • Drama

Yet another filmed adaptation of a Lawrence novel that fails to capture the intellectual essence or passionate spirit of the book. In 1922 writer Friels and his wife, Davis, arrive in Australia, hoping to find a sanctuary away from the reactionary politics so prevalent in Europe. There Friels is introduced to a militaristic group, with visions of controlling...read more

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Yet another filmed adaptation of a Lawrence novel that fails to capture the intellectual essence or passionate spirit of the book. In 1922 writer Friels and his wife, Davis, arrive in Australia, hoping to find a sanctuary away from the reactionary politics so prevalent in Europe. There

Friels is introduced to a militaristic group, with visions of controlling the country, headed by Keays-Byrne, an important Australian military figure in WW I. Keays-Byrne's quest is to rid Australia of what he considers foreign entrepreneurs contaminating the purity of the country. He quickly

takes Friels to his bosom, hoping to use the writer's skills for political purposes. A line by Davis, as she chastises her husband, is a fair summation of KANGAROO's political commitment and exploration: "a bunch of childish boys playing deadlier and deadlier games." This is exactly how all the

characters appear--devoid of any conviction or real concern for the actual political outcome. KANGAROO does have its points of interest, particularly to fans of Lawrence, but on the whole the film remains a flat, unrewarding cinematic exercise.

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  • Released: 1986
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Yet another filmed adaptation of a Lawrence novel that fails to capture the intellectual essence or passionate spirit of the book. In 1922 writer Friels and his wife, Davis, arrive in Australia, hoping to find a sanctuary away from the reactionary politics… (more)

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