Loved this great feel good movie loosely based on a true story about four talented Aboriginal girls who get the chance to entertain the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. Chris O'Dowd is perfect as the girls' Manager, Dave Lovelace. And the girls are fabulous especially Deborah Mailman and Jessica Mauboy.The deeper issues are glossed over but the aim of this movie is to entertain and it certainly does!
It's a great big musical, feel-good blast that sticks true to the formula laid out by films like the commitments and the Full Monty whilst set within an aboriginal context. It tackles a few issues in a very light manner and the performances from Mailman and O'dowd are excellent. Should do well at the box office. 2.5 stars
Flawed, yet refreshing point of view. I actually had no idea aborigines so closely associated with blackness but I guess they had no choice did they?! Chris O Dowd served as the obligatory white savior though his charm prevented him from being a stock character. Yes much of the girls' acting was questionable but try casting an Aborigine woman who can act and sing. I'll take authenticity over perfection any day.
A beautiful film with huge aboriginal girls singing their way to Saigon during the Vietnamese war. They are coaxed and cajoled into singing to the troops marooned in a sea of blood and crazy killing. This group of sisters confront their blackness and identities through their music. It is also about the songlines that run deeper than blood from mother to daughter. A touching performance from Chris O'Dowd.