Wednesday, April 24 2013, 03:20 AM MDT
Movie Review: The Shappires
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director • Wayne Blair
Starring • Chris O’Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy
Rated • PG-13
Recommended to • Those that like a little politics, history and song in their feel good films.
Synopsis • In 1968 four young Australian Aboriginal girls want desperately to break through the racism and segregation to become a girl group. Discovered by Davie Lovelace (Chris O’Dowd), a down-on-his-luck musician with a few connections, the girls are given their chance at stardom when they get the opportunity to tour Vietnam and entertain the US troops.
Review • “The Sapphires” is a pleasant film that manages to address racism and societies willingness to pigeonhole large groups of people based entirely on false stereotypes. It’s very similar to the recently released Jackie Robinson film “42,” only instead of baseball the boundaries being crossed involve music. It is based on a true story. Unfortunately because I didn’t grow up in Australia I don’t know the extent of the impact that these four girls had on society. In the context of the film it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that “The Sapphires” is a nice piece of nostalgia that manages to point out the good and the bad of life in the late sixties without ever feeling unbalanced or preachy.
-Ryan Michael Painter