THE SAPPHIRES: REVIEW
THE SAPPHIRES – Review: It’s the 1960s, and four Aboriginal Dreamgirls from a rural community in Australia have Commitments to musical greatness in this Oz comedy from Wayne Blair.
Chris O’Dowd plays Irish drunk, charmer and Soul aficionado, Dave Lovelace, who spies greatness and sends them off to say Good Morning Vietnam, entertaining the troops. Blithely unaware of the dangers involved, the game Sheilas set off to confront racism, war and sexism, armed only with a rack of blasting soul tunes, O’Dowd’s blarney charm and synchronised dance moves.
The feel good comedy feels fairly good, but whenever the film attempts to touch on the more painful wounds of the period, including the reality of the Vietnam War itself, it tends to accidentally poke a dirty great finger of sentimentality into the slop. The lasses are feisty – Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell – the tunes toe tapping and the heart’s in the right place.
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