Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Movie You Might Have Missed #43: The Sapphires

Follow your heart. Discover your soul.

43. The Sapphires

(Australian) ★★★½

Based on a true story, The Sapphires tells of four young Aboriginal women in 1968, discovered by a talent scout (Chris O'Dowd), who form a Supremes-type group in order to travel to Vietnam to sing for American soldiers.

This charming, feel-good movie is lifted above the somewhat predictable story by the singing and Chris O'Dowd's performance (as I am not the first to observe).

The basic plot of four talented young singers making good and finding themselves is given some necessary added depth by the more serious aboriginal / civil rights / Vietnam war plot elements. Somehow, though, the filmmakers managed to keep the serious elements from bringing everything down and the lighter elements from making it too bubbly. It was thoroughly enjoyable.

(I was going to give this 3 stars and then saw Pitch Perfect the next night. I suddenly realized just how low this film could have sunk which earned it an extra half star.)

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