Movie Review The Nightingale (18)
Sunday, 24 November 2019 | Admin
The Nightingale (18)
136 mins Adventure, Drama Thriller
Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way, she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.
Director: Jennifer Kent
Writer: Jennifer Kent
Stars: Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr
People actually walked out of Cinema in early previews because of the violence and rape scenes in this Screen Australia offering.
It led to many complaints but the makers made no apology for their graphic scenes, based on actual events.
Though separated by almost two centuries in time some of the powerful scenes were hard to watch in a similar way to scenes in the recent “Hotel Mumbai”. It quickly grabs you and batters your senses and your soul with its vivid scenes of rape and murder.
Beneath it all, it is a Revenge thriller set in the early 19th Century and this allows it to stand out in that genre. The harsh Australasian backdrop adds to the atmosphere. Aisling Franciosi leads a good cast superbly and amidst it all there are some early lighter moments provided by the verbal wit of the native tracker Billy played by Baykali Ganambarr.
It is possibly a little too long and elements of the story seem a little unnecessary and at thirty minutes less it would have moved along at a more tense and absorbing pace. The ending was also slightly annoying and after over two hours could have been handled better.
But these are minor quibbles and this is well worth a watch as long as you have the stomach for it.
MGN Rating 7.5/10 IMDB Rating 7.2/10 Metascore (Critics) Rating 7.6/10