Reviews: True History of the Kelly Gang (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Justin Kurzel along with his “Snowtown” screenwriter Shaun Grant have refashioned the legend of Australia’s most notorious outlaw like a cross between Todd Haynes’s “Velvet Goldmine” and Gerald Kargl’s…1983 Austrian serial killer movie “Angst.”
  • Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: True History of the Kelly Gang is a punky auteurist vision of adrenaline that makes the already chaotic story disorienting, and, most importantly, unrelenting.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Justin Kurzel’s filmmaking is bold, electric, and haunting and his touches as a visual stylist paints the story of Ned Kelly as an operatic western drenched in grime and blood.
  • James Jay Edwards @ The Big Smoke America
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The movie begins with the words “Nothing you’re about to see is true.” The title is made irrelevant in the first 10 seconds.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Revisionist tale of the Australian folk hero rages against the dark forces that shaped him: emotional and economic neglect and abuse forged in patriarchy and colonialism. Electrifyingly punk and vulgar.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: While Kurzel laces the story with a punk rock edge and the ensemble cast provides spicy performances, it offers little in the way of finer details as so many broad strokes regarding heritage, identity, and even homoeroticism dominate the hardly true at all tale.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: A wild, violent, blood-slicked portrait of the fabled outlaw, from childhood to his inevitable end.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: The film should have come across as a profound stand for liberty, not the petty grievance between selfish people devoid of scruples we eventually receive.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com
    • Excerpt: Neither true nor history, this flight of fantasy has too few moments of excitement buried in the taxing rhetoric.