161 Min | Biography – Drama – Romance | March 1985
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Director: Sydney Pollack
Starring: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer
Out of Africa Review: ‘Out Of Africa’ is A Well-Made Film in all respects. It’s a moving true-story, that translates into a moving film, as well. Sydney Pollack Directs the film with understanding, the Screenplay by Kurt Luedtke, is well-done, The Cinematography by David Watkin, is stunning and the performances by it’s leading pair, Streep and Redford, are note-worthy. ‘Out Of Africa’ is based loosely on the autobiographical book Out of Africa written by Isak Dinesen “the pseudonym of the author Karen Blixen”, and describes events during the period from 1914 to 1931 concerning the European settlers and the native people in the bush country of Kenya “in British East Africa”. Its setting spans from seaside at Mombasa up to Nairobi, and from Mount Kenya to Kilimanjaro, as told from the lyrical, poetic viewpoint of Danish Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke.
As a film, Out of Africa has some great potential. But, I really thought the film was overly long. The film Definitely could’ve been trimmed, at least by 20-25 minutes. And even the lethargic pace, acts as a speed-breaker. The Adapted Screenplay, which won an Oscar, is engaging and moving. Pollack’s Direction, which won him an Oscar, is under-stated and photographic. Cinematography, again Oscar-Winning, is stunning. John Barry’s Oscar-Winning Original Score, is wonderful. Performance-Wise, Streep as Karen Blixen, is note-worthy, as ever. Redford on the other-hand as her lover Denys Finch, is restrained.
In Out of Africa, the Chemistry between the two Screen-Legends, is top-notch. In the supporting cast, Klaus Maria Brandauer leaves the strongest impression. On the whole, a film worth watching, that even won an Oscar for Best Picture. It may not be flawless, but it has it’s share of pluses, that make up for it.