“Crocodile” Dundee is one of those 1980s films that created an iconic role that came to define the actor that filled it. Arnold Schwarzenegger is the Terminator, Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones, and Paul Hogan most definitely is Mick Dundee. I bet that this film, more than any other, has shaped Americans’ views about Australia and the Outback, and Hogan himself wanted to make the film to give Australia an original folk hero of sorts, almost like Davy Crockett or Paul Bunyan.
The film has a loose plot and casual pacing to mirror Dundee’s laid-back way of life. Unlike the two lesser sequels, there is no villain per se, considering Sue’s fiancé and the vengeful pimp are only in a few scenes. The growing romance between Dundee and Sue is the main driving force of the movie, and their admission of love is the only real climax. The majority of the film is dedicated to funny character moments, first showing Dundee in his element in the wild and then revealing his naiveté about the big bad city. Despite all the drugs, prostitutes, and hostility he encounters in New York, he remains chivalrous, capable, and completely likable, and those he comes in contact with cannot help but be fond of him. Hogan’s unrestrained likability is what made “Crocodile” Dundee the huge success it was and the best role of Hogan’s career.
There is, of course, some profanity and even a surprising F-bomb, along with a few crudities, but the film remains a classic of the ‘80s and a lighthearted comedy that almost everyone should enjoy.
Best line: (Dundee, intimidating a punk and his tiny dagger) “That’s not a knife. THAT’S a knife.”Artistry: 6 Characters/Actors: 7 Entertainment: 8 Visual Effects: N/A Originality: 7 Watchability: 8 Other (language): -4 TOTAL: 32 out of 60
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