RELEASE DATE: 09/08/2012
RUN TIME: 1HR 43MIN
|KYLIE DU FRESNE|
While a terrific and engaging story complete with a fantastic and energetic soundtrack, it’s O’Dowd’s presence that breathes life into each scene, and the film as a whole is hiccuped only by the severe lack of chemistry between him and on-screen partner Deborah Mailman. However each of the four girls are wonderful in their own right, with Australian Idol alum Jessica Mauboy once again showcasing her beautiful powerhouse voice and dominating the music numbers, now for the second time on the big screen.
The script errs on the clunky side and is at times cringeworthily too Australian, but there are plenty of genuine laughs and emotional points to distract you and keep the ball rolling.
Issues such as racism, the stolen generation, war and race aren't given the pages they deserve; rather, the story favours love stories, pop songs, shiny dresses and the vocal prowess of Mauboy. It’s this that leaves the finishes product without the guts it needs and deserves.
It's an enjoyable ride nonetheless, with a great soundtrack to fill the journey. It’s fun and silly with plenty of heart thrown in.