The Crocodile Hunter
Yes, it's utter nonsense! But while the main plot plays like a zany spy caper, the Irwins are filmed just like their TV show: talking straight to the camera, breathlessly narrating everything as they grapple with deadly snakes, spiders and crocs, plus one cuddly baby kangaroo. It's like they never realise they're in the middle of an international crisis; they treat the spies just like another form of marauding wildlife that needs to be dealt with. The result is that the film somehow keeps us engaged as it just about overcomes some real clunkers in the script (lame jokes and weak set pieces) and cast (Szubanski overdoes it completely). And as the machinations of the plot flail around him, Steve merely engages in derring-do with both nature and the interlopers, conveying his save-the-animals message with offhanded charm and energy. You can't exactly call this a good film, but it's surprising good fun.
dir John Stainton
scr Holly Goldberg Sloan
with Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin, David Wenham, Magda Szubanski, Lachy Hulme, Kenneth Ransom, Kate Beahan, Aden Young, Steve Bastoni, Steven Vidler, Alyson Standen, Robert Coleby
release US 12.Jul.02; UK 26.Jul.02
Grab him! Terri and Steve grapple with a big, cranky croc...
|"This movie probably does qualify as a bomb, but still, it is entertaining. I never watch movies, let alone purchase them, but my daughter bought this movie for me for Christmas. I have watched it 20 times since. The plot is thin and the jokes are silly, but that is what makes it watchable. There is nothing more fun at the end of an exhausting work day than to sit down and watch people make idiots of themselves. That's pretty much what these characters do--the crocodile behaves a little better, although not much. Dumb movie, but very entertaining." --Kaye, Rewlett 8.Feb.03