Posted by Jsober on:
When I heard the words Australian, Aborigine and Musical used to describe the film Bran Nue Dae I thought to myself ‘ This could ether be great or horrible.”
It was great but for mixed reasons. This is the typical love story of boy-looses-girl and spends the rest of the movie trying to get her back. This time, however, it is done as a satire, on peoples continued belief that a truly exotic Aborigine culture in Australia still exists.
Willie, the protagonist, is in love with Rosie but is sent off to seminary to be taught by German Father Benedictus (played by Geoffrey Rush, fantastic). Willie leaves in a bout of defiance to a rousing song that goes “There’s nothing I would rather be than be an Aborigine.” The rest of the film is the misadventure on the road from the big city back to his hometown, which includes a German hippie, a drunken Aboriginal guide and a condom tree.
All of this comes to a close with one of the most uplifting endings you will see this year. Whether you like musicals or not - you will love this film.