Out of Africa (1985)

Out of Africa tells the story of the life of Danish author Karen Blixen, who at the beginning of the 20th century moved to Africa to build a new life for herself. The film is based on the autobiographical novel by Karen Blixen from 1937.

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Some good dialogue, and Streep is great as ever, but disappointingly glosses over the brutal realities of colonial occupation; black African characters barely even get to speak, and the movie seems to expect us to admire Streep's quest to protect "my Gikuyu" instead of acknowledging her and her husband as the invaders and land thieves they are. (Even Dinesen's original book was much more interested in its Gikuyu characters than this movie.) Hopefully Hollywood will one day start making movies about Africa with African main characters instead of European transplants. Something like Gikuyu author Ngugi wa Thiong'o's A Grain of Wheat would be a great counterpoint to this one.

9 years ago

jerpijut

Boring. No connection with the characters. I could not care less what happened to them.

10 years ago

genheron

I watched this after discovering the magnificent John Barry film score. The film itself is rather uneventful for its length. Definitely can't understand it's acclaim although there were some rather breathtaking scenes (such as Redford and Streep on the aeroplane over the Kenyan hills).

7 years ago

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