As a kid, I remember watching Crocodile Dundee over and over again on television. It was one of those movies that the networks just put on repeat, multiple times throughout the week. Years later, I strangely could not remember much about the film and decided to refresh my memory and give it another watch. What I found was a classic romantic comedy that is as much a period piece about New York City in the late 1980’s as You’ve Got Mail was of New York City in the late 1990’s.
Crocodile Dundee is about a crocodile hunter and a big city reporter who goes to do a report on him. The reporter lives with him in the Australian outback for a few days and sparks fly. At the end of the trip, the reporter convinces the crocodile hunter to go with her to the big city and now he gets to experience what it feels like to be completely out of his element.
The first half of the film is spent in the Australian outback. We learn about our characters, but more importantly, we get to see lots of Australia. It’s not uncommon for many movies to feature a location as if it were a character and that is certainly true here. This film does a great job featuring the Australian wilderness and like did a good job increasing Australian tourism when the movie hit theaters.
The second half of the film takes place in New York City in the late 1980’s. While it may be unintentional, this film did a great job showing off some of the grit and grime of New York City in that time period. It’s also a ton of fun watching our protagonist bump heads against the unfamiliarity of the city.
The actors do a decent enough job, though no one’s winning an Academy Award here.
Overall, this was an entertaining movie. The premise alone was strong enough to carry the entire movie. The male and female leads are charming and attractive in their own ways. Also, we get a glimpse at places that most viewers likely have never been, especially now with the passage of time.