Movie Review: The Sapphires

Details from IMDB:

TheSapphires

 

The Sapphires (2012)

103 min  -  Biography | Comedy | Drama  -  9 August 2012 (Australia)

Ratings: 6.7/10 from 3,208 users   Metascore: 66/100
Reviews: 36 user | 88 critic | 20 from Metacritic.com

It’s 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam.

Director:

Wayne Blair

Writers:

Tony Briggs, Keith Thompson

Stars:

Chris O’Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy | See full cast and crew

 

Initial Thoughts:

You may have already guessed it, I’m  fan of Chris O’Dowd, I’ve seen almost everything he’s been in since I started watching The IT Crowd (if you never seen the show you NEED to watch it, hilarious! Smile). So this movie was on a list of good ones from 2012 and he’s in, so I watched it.

Main Points:

This film is based on a true story about the group “The Sapphires” an aboriginal group from Australia that went on a tour of Vietnam during the Vietnam war. The film deals with racism, war and of course the music of the 60s.

There are serious moments but for the most part this is a comedy/drama. Chris O’Dowd is excellent here, he is just a natural comedic actor and he does fine with more the serious moments as well.

My only complaint with the film is the love story between Dave (O’Dowd) and Gail (Deborah Milman) seems unexpected and tacked on. Before I continue…

SPOILER ALERT!

Dave gets shot during at attack on a US base and we are lead to believe he’s dead. Of course it’s very obvious that he’s not and I certainly wasn’t surprised when Gail comes to see him in an army hospital. I don’t know if this was what really happened but again it just didn’t seem needed for this movie.

Final Thoughts:

The singing and music in this movie are excellent and there are plenty of funny and cute moments. I do recommend this movie (not for children as usual) Thumbs up. 7/10 from me, a feel good movie that does have an important message as well. Until next time (and it will be something new in theatres most likely) I am as always…

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1 Comment

  1. Cool review! I like your style 🙂

    Check out mine! http://moviereviewsdirect.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/the-sapphires-soulful-inspirations/

    All the best 🙂


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