An excellent movie that depicts the violence and injustice of convict Van Dieman’s Land. It was confronting and challenging.
5 of 5 stars
Best movie I’ve seen all year.
1 of 5 stars
I thought it was terrible. There were 3 older ladys sitting beside me at theater and they all 3 got up and left after about 15 minutes into the movie. The movie was nothing like I thought it would be. Waste of my hard earned money.
4 of 5 stars
This movie is shockingly brutal... unreserved and powerful, but I could never watch it again...
4.5 of 5 stars
THE NIGHTINGALE RATING: 4.5/5 The Nightingale is a movie i heard about because someone saw it at a film festival and said they were carded to see the film. Apparently, since movies aren't rated at festivals, being carded for this one movie was out of the ordinary. After watching it, i can definitely see how this would trigger people and make them uncomfortable. Heres a heads up on the main triggers, minor SPOILERS ahead. The movie starts off with a rape about 5 to 10 minutes into it. While you're watching, you think this is the inciting incident, and that it's there for nothing more than shock value. Then, about 20 to 30 minutes in, you get another rape scene, along with some other heinous actions, that officially kick off this revenge journey. Then, about halfway through the film, another rape happens, and you realize this is just the world these characters inhabit. The villains deserve a lot of credit for really selling how terrible and scummy these English soldiers really are. By the end, i couldn't wait for the bad guys to get theirs. However, by the way the movie plays out, and the world the characters inhabit, you start getting this feeling that justice may not exist in this reality and the bad guys might get away with everything they've done. It's a feeling i don't get in many movies or TV shows these days. Beware, there's also racism in this film but it's just very matter of fact as opposed to, in your face trying to preach to you about racism. It's insinuated that the Irish are also second class citizens but it's hard to tell because many are ex-convicts, which also makes them less than human, but still above the Blacks, of course. The Nightingale is a long movie, 2hrs 16 min. A lot does happen in it though. Parallel to the main character's story of revenge, you also have her guide, a Black, aboriginal, man named Billy, who has been taught the ways of the English, but is still considered sub human. Oh, did i mention the protagonist is an Irish, ex-con, who is also considered sub human. They both start off with this hate and distrust of one another, purely based off the race and stereotypes that I'd assume existed in that time period. Seeing their relationship grow from a necessary business transaction to a shared pain and deep understanding of everything the English has taken from them both, it works really well here. If I had to say anything bad about the film, it's the nightmares the main character has. One may have been fine, but she has about three, I believe, and they just really overstay their welcome. The film is so straightforward and serious that the dream sequences just feel out of place and un-needed. I think the movie would have been leaner and meaner without them. The film takes place in 1825, so they're all playing by a way different set of rules than we do today. There's a lot of unfairness and cruelty if you're not a white man, but if you're not the right kind of white man, that comes with its own set of issues too. If you don't have the right profession, that can also count against you. There's just a lot of pain and suffering to go around in this film, so you need to be ready for it. With all that being said, there's a shared beauty in these two different cultures reaching this mutual level of understanding over each other's plight. The revenge which they seek takes their relationship into a special place not known by many in their time period. The last shot of the film is even imbued with a painterly quality, as their journey finally comes to its conclusion. It shows how far apart they both are culturally, but yet are still able to share in this one quiet moment of beauty together. This is definitely a recommend from me, but like i said before, be prepared for what you're getting into.
3 of 5 stars
A powerful story about violence begetting violence, the high cost of revenge, and what constitutes true justice. Excellent acting on the part of Aisling Franciosi and Baykali Ganambarr in particular. On the down side it was bit drawn out, didn’t understand some of the characters’ choices, and in an effort to portray the horrific brutality of the era, some of the scenes came off as contrived.
5 of 5 stars
Finally a good movie released starring real heroes.
4 of 5 stars
A slow burn movie that has you engaged for most of it but doesn’t quite deliver at the end as high as the climax leads you.
3.5 of 5 stars
I had to look away at times, but I'm really glad I stayed seated. This is a tough film about a shameful history of racism and genocide in Tasmania. The performances were powerful. The film looks great in all its dark detail. I thought the makeup was a little too clean, given the violence and the mud, and I could've done with a few less stock shots of the moon, but these are trivial complaints. It's really worth seeing on the big screen and it has stayed with me long after most films are forgotten,