The Sapphires

10 Apr


Synopsis: “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.” (Rated PG-13; 1 hour, 38 minutes)

This movie was a big hit back in Australia, but really flew under the radar in America – as most “foreign” films do. In this case there’s no excuse by people who don’t like to read subtitles, because unless you have an American brain that’s unable to process accents, there should be no problem. (On a side note, am I allowed to write that it sounds ignorant when people state that they “don’t like foreign films”? Is that supposed to be another way of saying “I don’t like to read”?)

This likable little movie is based on the true story about a white drunk man who sees the potential in a group of Aboriginal girls to turn them into a singing group, and take them to Vietnam to perform for the troops. This being the 1960’s the movie obviously involves strong elements of racism, but the movie focuses less on the external elements against them, and is more about their own internal dynamics. For American audiences, seeing Aboriginal actresses will be less familiar, and it was quite refreshing to my eyes; and of course Chris O’Dowd continues to be extremely likable and funny. (Two of his more well-known roles would be the Irish cop in Bridesmaids, and as Jessa’s husband in Girls.)

The movie was a cute little “rise to stardom” story which was made solidly and competently, and packaged this true story dramedy-musical into an enjoyable flick. If you’re curious to know more about these girls, here is a “where are they now” story for your reading pleasure. It wasn’t anything you needed to see in theaters, but is certainly a decent option for an iTunes download.

The movie was better than Joyful Noise, a completely boring flick that is also about a group of people trying to move from gospel to popular music. The movie wasn’t nearly as good as That Thing You Do! Admit it, the second I mentioned That Thing You Do! you were already humming this song in your head.

Quality Rating: B (Everything about it was competent, and interesting, but it was basically a really good TV movie.)

Boaz Rating: B+ (Put Chris O’Dowd into a movie and it gains a bit of an edge.)


4 Responses to “The Sapphires”

  1. Jeremy Goodell April 10, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    Thanks! Sounds like a good film. It’s also available on Netflix Instant Watch. I’ve added it to my queue. Your note about subtitles reminds me of a movie I was perusing on Redbox. Most of the comments for the film (I can’t remember what it was now) were downright indignant because the movie blurb neglected to mention that the film had subtitles. The comments were mostly along the lines of: “What a waste of money. I only watched five minutes because it has subtitles.” and “If I wanted to read, I’d pick up a book.”

    Liked by 1 person

    • boazconstrictor April 10, 2014 at 11:01 am #

      That’s hilarious, and also not surprising.
      It’s on Netflix? Why didn’t it show me that when I Google’d it? That’s why I only mentioned iTunes, I should update what it says in the blog. lol
      If you end up watching it be sure to let me know if you agree/disagree.


  2. movierob April 13, 2014 at 6:14 am #

    nice review Boaz,

    doesn’t sound like something I’d like

    Liked by 1 person

    • boazconstrictor April 13, 2014 at 9:57 am #

      That’s fair, I try to say enough about it to give people an idea whether to see it, not necessarily try to convince people to see things. 🙂


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