One Saturday afternoon, with little to do of note in the wake of a migraine that should have killed a mule or something, I found a gem on Netflix.
No pun intended. But it’s a good one, now that I read it.
The Sapphires is an absolute delight of a movie. Set in the late 1960s, it tells the tale of a group of Aboriginal girls who sign on for a tour as entertainers in Vietnam. Here’s the trailer for the movie:
Yawn, right? WRONG. Let’s get all the negative stuff done right away: the authenticity of some of the Vietnam era weapons/people/uniforms are a bit off. So for you fanatics, just get over it and enjoy the story. There is also the tedious love interest where a single soldier … well, I’d be giving the story away.
If you’re looking for family friendly, it’s about 3 out of 5 stars. There’s some drinking, swearing, and mild sexual content. Nothing you can’t handle with the big-boy/girl panties firmly in place. Not for young children. The war scenes could frighten some of them. Then again, my favorite movie when I was 9 was The Green Berets. So, I guess it all depends on your child. If they wear an anti-bullying t-shirt once a month, probably not for them. If they’ve stood up to a bully bigger than they are and duked it out, they’d probably love the story.
The singing is great. The photography is good. The story is entertaining.
Yeah, sometimes you just need 103 minutes of entertainment. Let’s be honest: they can’t all be Citizen Kane.
Once again I have presented a really crappy movie review for you. But you should watch this one and have some fun. If you don’t get a little choked up at the end, you need to talk to somebody about your malfunction. Or not. Hey, it’s just a movie.
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