To be perfectly, gushingly honest, I loved this movie. So I'm going to try and take a back seat (coz that's what we do in a cab, right?) ((lol)) and tell you a little bit about why it gives me the filmic happies.
I'll be the first one to say it, Sydney sometimes pisses me off. A couple of years ago, this city and what it stands for pissed me off so much I ran away to Europe for 2 months, and while that was the best decision I could have made at that day and time, the expression ''I still call Australia home" rings true. Hollywood may try to make films about big, grand romances, but Australian films take the little story about the guy who doesn't really stand out, and they remind us of how he is part of the human experience. We know him, and care about him, and we don't need fancy graphics or stunts to open our hearts and minds. The Last Cab to Darwin takes this aspect of Australian cinema and just goes forth to hit you in the guts with it at every possible moment.
Maybe you have other things to do than listen to me wax lyrical about this film all day, so I've composed a nice little tl;dr list of reasons you should go see Last Cab to Darwin:
- Life and death is complicated, it's human and real and everyone has to face it one day, so why not let Caton face it for you?
- Michael Caton is a babe (in that 'Strewth, it's the dude from The Castle!' kinda way)
- Mark Coles Smith is a legit babin' Indigenous actor who goes through one of the most recognisable but comforting character arcs
- For that matter, every supporting character is fleshed out and I wished everyone had more screen time
- There is love, there is racism, there is a DEAD CAT TREE
- A man called Rex, and a dog called dog
- More pub humour and puns than you can throw a dart at
- The most epic of picturesque road trips
- The soundtrack is nothing short of perfection, an ode to road trip tunes you could use just as easily for the drive down to Falls fest this New Years
And really, in a film about the controversy of euthanasia, don't you want to know whether he goes ahead with it?
In short, I think this film holds a special place for me because it's distinctly Australian without being stereotypically so.