United Kingdom/Australia, 2019, 124 min.
Director: Justin Kurzel
Cast: George MacKay, Essie Davis, Nicholas Hoult, Orlando Schwerdt, Thomasin McKenzie
Screenplay: Shaun Grant
Mad Max meets Jesse James in this fictionalized portrait of Australia’s most iconic outlaws, legendary Ned Kelly. Story about the rise and fall of the infamous Australian bandit vengeful, troubled rebel that has to end in an unconventional, visually spectacular confrontation. He grows up in a rebellious Irish immigrant family and repeatedly clashes with British colonial forces that have colonized his homeland and humiliated his parents. He gathers a gang around him to mount a rebellion against the British oppression, and many Australian settlers are applauding his exploits against the British.
Focusing less on bank robberies and chases, the film concentrates on power relations and the historical elusivity of Ned Kelly the character. Was he an anti-colonial Robin Hood resisting the British oppressor, an anarchist in a dress or simply a violent criminal?
With his wild bunch of warriors, he plots one of the most audacious attacks of anarchy and rebellion the country has ever seen that builds to an epic, drenched-in-blood, final showdown.
Thrilling and ravishingly brutal visual grammar, film pictures the country's state of Victoria as a late 19th century Wild West with no clear boundaries between those who break the law and the British colonizers meant to enforce it. He lived only twenty-five years, but it was enough to write his story into Australian legend.