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Australian Dreamgirls: “The Sapphires”

sapphires australian singing chris o'dowdAustralia – land of kangeroos, Hugh Jackman, and … The Sapphires.

Based on the true story, “The Sapphires” is about an Aboriginal girl singing group who travels to Vietnam to entertain the troops in 1968. The girls struggle with racism at home, on the battlefields, and between themselves.

“Sapphires,” co-written by the son of a real Sapphire, is an AustralianDreamgirls.” It’s funny, slightly dramatic, full of talented singers, and tells an entertaining story.

The four lead girls, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, and Miranda Tapsell, are all relatively new to acting and virtually unknown in the U.S. They’re all decent and some of them can really sing. There characters didn’t really have much depth. They’re fun to watch, but I didn’t feel super connected to any of them or care too much about them.

Irish actor Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”), as their manager, stole the show. He’s a solid comedic actor and has great timing. Plus an accent, which I have a bit of a weakness for. He’s really the heart of the film. And I’m not sure that’s a good thing when the movie is called “The Sapphires.”<

I had fun watching this movie. They sing classic soul songs. The costumes, hair, and make-up are perfect, and there are some genuinely funny moments. It was also interesting to see racism in other countries, which is something I knew existed but hadn’t really thought about.

The film touches on that but glosses over a lot of it to tell a more entertaining story. The filmmaker wanted more comedy than drama. That’s why a lot of the film feels flat.

It’s an ambitious story to take on and is moderately successful.

“The Sapphires” is a movie you’ve seen before. The themes and characters are all very familiar. But, that’s not a bad thing. Just because you know where the story is going to end, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the journey.


2 thoughts on “Australian Dreamgirls: “The Sapphires”

  1. Fantastic review, excellent blog! 🙂

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    All the best and happy blogging!! 🙂

    Posted by Arena | April 24, 2013, 3:22 am


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