Friday, October 12, 2012

Milwaukee Film Festival Day 14: The Sapphires

After taking two days off from the festival to spend time with the family on day 14 I saw The Sapphires.

The Sapphires is a musical comedy about a all Aboriginal girl group from Australia in the 60's.  When 3 Aboriginal sisters go to a talent show They meet a washed up musician Dave (Chris O'Dowd). When he recognizes the talent and the tenacity they have he agrees to be their manager. They end up teaming with their cousin for a life changing trip as entertainers for US soldiers in Vietnam.

With a back drop of racism and war the movie manages to be quite funny. It walks the delicate line of serious and hilarious and does it perfectly. The. cast is amazing and Chris O'Dowd shows he has a bright future ahead of him in comedy. The rest of the cast is also great.  Each of the girls had their own personality which is a credit to the writing and acting.  While the plot is similar to other movies like Dreamgirls I think this movie stands on its own. 

Overall 4/5 Stars.  Great acting, funny and emotional but the story is familiar.

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