Movie review: "Bran Nue Dae"

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Director Rachel Perkins was smart to limit "Bran Nue Dae" to a scant 85 minutes. After all, an Aboriginal musical from Australia isn't likely to have a large fan base.

Those scared away by the film's title and premise, however, are going to miss a fun little picture.

Willie (Rocky McKenzie) is an Aboriginal teenager in 1969, conflicted over his feelings toward Rosie (Australian pop star Jessica Mauboy), primarily because he's supposed to be studying for the priesthood with Father Benedictus (Geoffrey Rush).

Running away from school, Willie joins up with a vagrant and a German hippie couple in an attempt to get back home again.

The film's soundtrack is hit-and-miss, as is the inexperienced cast's lip syncing and acting. But those things are easier to overlook when a movie is as ridiculous and joyful as this one.

"Bran Nue Dae"

Opens Friday at the Drexel

3 stars