Thanks for the memories!
Save your money for something good and enjoyable
At first rather annoying in its heavy emphasis on reenactments, this movie ultimately proves fascinating, simply because the complicated, highly dramatic tale it tells still almost defies belief.
The story, direction, characters, and writing/dialogue is akin to taking a tranquilizer shot to the neck, but everything else was so well done.
This was pretty good. A little Disney-esque in that nothing too terrible happens and its all wrapped up very nicely. Family friendly. Still an interesting and infectious story if nothing too memorable and fairly predictable. Inspired by actual events it follows four aboriginal Australian girls from a from a small prejudiced town who form a singing group in the 1960s who travel to Vietnam to preform for American troops after being trained by a good humoured talent scout. The girls were great, the vocal singing performances well done -not sure if real voices. Chris O'Dowd was entertaining/funny but I've seen this exact role from him before. (Bridesmaids)I appreciated that this touched on some crappy reality like how Aboriginal children were removed from their families by the Australian government especially the "white looking" ones from approximately 1909 to 1969. Same thing happened in Canada. As a point of interest Aboriginal persons were not classified as human beings but "flora & fauna" until 1967.
Peter Anthony Tilbrook
It saddens me that in the year 2016 we are still having racism issues in this country.This film starts in 1958 but is most set the year I myself was born, 1968. Yes. I'm old.The music is fantastic - hell it was the late 60's. The Vietnam theme is a strong one but the main is the one of the girls - sisters or cousins and is a strong one.Deborah Mailman is the definite standout for the acting - as you would expect considering her past experience - but all the leads are excellenbt they all sing beautifully.It was a pleasure to watch this film and I wish all the girls the best in any future acting or singing endeavours.Funny, poignant, soul searching. The stolen children bit was - and to this day - still confronting. Watch this after Rabbit Prrof Fence to see the true strength of Aboriginal women - then and even now.
To start off, this film isn't that bad at all. The four singers are really good actresses and two of them have superb voices. The start of the movie does show a reflection on how bad it was for aborigines in those days and it is bad, but I am sick and tired of movies where anyone who is white gets called coconut, banana milkshake, white boy, vanilla, honky
but if the white person (which never ever happens because that person would be crucified) ever retaliates in the same fashion, they are the made out to be the bad person.This is a common feature of every day life and movies which happens over and over and over. When is society ever going to realise that everyone is equal. If a black person calls me a honky it should be classed as the same as if I called them a nigga (you notice the lack of *'s in the middle of that word).I know for a fact that I am going to get down voted by short sighted or stupid people who do not get the point that I am putting across. But all of the intelligent people out there have noticed that I have said good points on both sides.To finish off, this is a very good movie with very good actresses who have superb voices.
The problem with being a movie critic (here or anywhere) is the need to find common ground. If you are writing to a crowd conditioned to believe that every new Hollywood product is better than the last, or an "action" film MUST (simply must!) be great because it has whats-his-name is it, then frankly it is time to turn in the old keyboard for a toaster oven. I say this because I notice that, on IMDb, positive reviews get a positive reader response and negative reviews generally don't. In Psych 101, they call this "cognitive dissonance" and has to do with human nature -- many review readers prefer to read the reviews AFTER seeing the film, to seek agreement, rather than BEFORE, to seek wisdom. OK, sorry for the diatribe. To make it up to you, I will say that this film is a high-9. The script, the production values, the performances, are a joy. In fact, in my view, that is the key to the film. Joy. The secret to the 1960s (for those of you who were not there) is that for a short time it seemed (not making this up) like the forces of Light and Dark in the universe were struggling, and Light was about to win. In fact it did not turn out that way -- look at where we are today, look at the last half dozen presidents, look at the Japan disaster. But -- the point -- this wonderful film is not only superb entertainment on its own, but somehow succeeds in capturing the essence of the era. Hope and Joy. Even in the one "scary" scene (bullets flying, one of the main characters gets hit) we have fast segue to a love letter being read aloud, and that takes away the sting immediately. I defy anyone to watch this film and not feel better afterwards than they felt before. BTW, Chris O'Dowd and Deborah Mailman steal all their scenes together, which is hard to do, considering how solid the ensemble cast is. Loved it. You will too.