A bit of daggy fun, but that's what it was supposed to be.
Very disappointed, did not find it funny or entertaining
Terrible!! Was really looking forward to this, going by the reviews I've read, but I was just sooo disappointed. Acting terrible, very thin plot and just a general waste of time. Certainly wouldn't recommend.
Loved it! So good! Awesome movie! I would recommend watching it!
I loved this movie - it was a little cheezy in places but it was a great feel good movie. Lots of giggles.
Light and cheerful movie about a young Aboriginal man torn between two lifestyles, ie between the traditional Aboriginal and stulted European lifestyles. Some important indigenous themes are touched upon, eg stolen generations, alcoholism, racism, but only briefly, and the film cannot stay serious for long without bursting into song at the slightest opportunity. The main song, about being Aboriginal, is priceless. The characters are one-dimensional and the plot is simplistic, but it doesn't really matter in this warm-hearted family movie.
Not exactly what I thought it would be but quite entertaining
Great fun. Was very pleasantly surprised at how much the whole family enjoyed it.
Great movie great songs, so much local culture. Excellent.
Very slow to get into.... finished well.
Not what I was expecting at all but totaly Enjoyed this movie.
What a twist at the end! hilarious! but obvious
If you like singing and dancing throughout the movie you will enjoy this light hearted Australian movie and after all every day is a brand new day!!! and we should make the most of it
worth watching, very funny oz title. Very well researched, yet not offensive (pleasant change), nor did it have discrimitive tendancies. Also very refreshing. Well done oz filmmakers. ps normally not my genre type but glad i watched this one
Started slowly but the songs and jokes became better as the movie went on. Very enjoyable.
What a shame. This film's sensational cinematography in my beautiful state was about the only thing it had going for it. As a stageplay it was infinitely more subtle and pointed, the songs became painfully ironic and the performances were better. On stage they could clearly afford to cast performers who were actors first and singers second which made for a much more powerful experience.
On film... They rolled out every aboriginal 'done good' and then talked them into demeaning themselves as perfomers and their culture in the name of 'art'. They cut so much of the meaning from the priginal script that the irony of the lyrics was totally lost and it just became a confusing, badly performed mess. Aboriginal gospel choirs in the northwest, really?
Dingo and Rush are seasoned, experienced performers so there's no excuse for their cliched portrayals and as for everyone else... (I'm so sorry Dan Sultan who I love and adore but OMG...)
A country has to be able to talk outloud about an issue before you can start working with parody as subtle as Bran Nue Dae was written to be. Taking it from the carefully controlled and intensely personal environment of stage to the open global market of film has not done this film, a potentially powerful message or all the performers in it any favours at all.
Such a disappointment.
Fresh, funny, FABULOUS!! The singing is wonderful and the performances will give you several laughs. I loved this Australian gem - must-see Aussie movie of 2009.
Interesting concepts for an Australian musical. Brushes lightly on the dilemmas and tribulations between Indiginous and Anglo Saxon Australians. No holds barred exposing the good, the bad and ugly of our culture that is often hidden or covered up. Well done !!!
Disappointing. Watched 1/2 hour in, but it had no vibrancy to hold the song and plot interplay together. The male lead was not strong enough to hold interest and Rush could only do so much! Not from a lack of loving the genre either!
Very enjoyable, lighthearted with lots of Australian scenery.
What a let down! Absollute rubbish, I'm sorry to say
I think I may have added this to my queue because part of it was set in Broome, where I really want to go on a holiday. I'm not really a fan of musicals, so I found this was a bit hard to watch. There are some tongue in cheek comments aimed at white people in some of the songs - which I found amusing. Some well known Aussies amongst the actors. Interesting how some of the Indigenous actors who normally speak with an "Aussie accent" put on an indigenous accent for the movie.
Pacy musical with great characters and many memorable moments. Go along for the ride not expecting too much
i thought this movie was fun. i loved it
Great fun. Good to experience aboriginal people's sense of humour
Great movie. The storyline is simple but the music and actors, including some well-known faces, help to make this an enjoyable experience.
If you go into this movie with a distaste for Australian film, this won't change your mind. In fact, it will probably reinforce your view. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't good either, and that was probably because it was helped by the presence of Geoffrey Rush. I thought the rest of the cast was pretty average. It was just watchable for me.
This is fun. LikeGrease but Aussie.Less corny than Australia themovie.Really fun Ernie Dingo is a laugh a minute.
Great fun film with a fantastic Australian cast.
great Aussie movie, most enjoyable
I had to turn this off 1/4 of the way through, not my sort of movie.
I thoroughly enjoyed Bran Nue Dae. It had refreshingly unique subject matter and was delightfully entertaining. Ernie Dingo's acting was superb.
This wasnt too bad actually. I was expecting the cringe factor to be a lot higher. I simply loved Ernie Dingo's character - hilarious!
Just love the music, humour and pure entertainment of this movie.
absolutely loved this movie though it is a quirky combination it was thoroughly enjoyed 5 out of 5
not as funny as we thought :(
Didn't like this much at all. I thought that it denigrated aborigines and portrayed their worst qualities. I know it was supposed to be a comedy but we didn't find it funny.
I don't know why there was so much praise for this movie, let alone how it managed to get a PG rating. Parents be warned: this is NOT suitable for kids! A lot of coarse language and sexual content! E.g. the condom tree scene, the song about "Sowing seeds and poking her hole" and Ernie Dingo doing that 'finger demonstration' of what men and women do. It seems quite degrading to indigenous people to be sterotyped as drunken no-hopers and watch them dance and sing the words: "There's nothing I would rather be than to be an Aborigine and watch you take my precious land away". I found it very offensive.
Really loved this movie, whacky. The dvd played ok, only stalled a couple of times
After watching, I felt a little insulted as an Australian seeing how we were played out to be.
So bad. I had to laugh at some of the lyrics they were so ridiculous. Very predictable storyline. I got this for the family to watch but it is too lewd for anyone under 15. Dan Sultan sings about wanting to poke Jessica Mauboy in her hole. Debra Mailman likes to hang out at the condom tree - yes its a big tree with condoms hanging from the branches, classy.
I love it, love it, love it. I was worried it would be a bit poxy being a musical, but it was quirky. It was so funny, best feel good movie I've watched in ages. One of only a few movies I could watch over and over!
A dated production not as good as the stage show, but worth a look with a few laughs
Falsely rated PG. Contains sexual activity, references and gestures. Not suitable for children.
absolute joy to watch..have seen it three times and would watch it again,
and I seldom watch a movie more than once......I still smile when recalling various scenes
Great fun, catchy songs and adequate performances from the younger cast members, suitably bolstered by the more experienced performers such as Geoffrey Rush, Ernie Dingo and Deborah Mailman. The film challenges the cliched Aborignal sterotypes in a tongue in cheek way as well as giving a glimpse into the culture. The locations in and around Broome are magnificent. Not too long, just right for a nice afternoon's viewing.
This is really bad. When you watch this, you realise that the aboriginal people in Australia have no hope of ever retaining their culture. They no longer exist. It's like those awful Hollywood movies where the blacks are assimilated, never to be black again. Let's not talk about what really happened to their culture or what we did to them. The white man wins, and the white man rules forever. Uncle Tom? Ummmm, Uncle Blackfella? Don't worry, mate, we'll just make you look like us and noone will know the difference.
Ernie Dingo and Jeffrey Rush saved the day and made it entertained. Very believable story line, can relate to such education system.
Bran Nue Dae is a great Aussie film.It is cheeky and honest and a moves along really well. Ernie Dingo is great, loved himas Uncle Tadpole and the rest of the cast as well.Hope it becomes an Australian Classic
Enjoyed this quirky and fun musical with some great singing and a lot of well known actors and singers.
What a fun movie! Bran Nue Dae was based on the hit musical from the 90's of the same title, by Jimmy Chi. The music, colours and costumes are fantastic. This movie highlights the humour and strength of Australia's indigenous people. It was honest, feeling, and optimistic at the same time. It made me laugh out loud.
This is one of the worst films I've seen in a long time. The actors were dreadful,dancing laughable, & a waste of some good actors. I must have been watching a different film after reading other reviews.
I would like to have seen the original stage show to make a comparison, because as a movie, this fell a little flat for me. The shining light was Ernie Dingo.
Hard to rate when the DVD freezes after 18 minutes.
Musical, great fun, dealt with life issues without bitterness, lifestyles without shame
review??? come on and give me my minutes viewing back!
The problem with the film is that it has a lot of grit and edge that was in the stageplay. Also some of the humour seems to be lost eg the wild drive with the hippy pair. One of the best songs "Is you or is you not my woman" by Ernie Dingo is not in the film. Shame really as the conversion to film should have been closer to the stageplay. Don't know why they changed the mission from Lutheran to Catholic. A reason why the stageplay was so successful was that it was about Jimmy Chi's actual life ecperiences.
A tongue in cheek, fun loving, corny comedy about a young Aboriginal boy from Broome who runs away from a seminary to go back to the girl he loves, meeting a host of crazy characters on the way. Not to be taken seriously! Sit back and have a laugh.
Wonderful family movie. Its nice to understand more the aboriginal people and their cultures and heritage.
Hmm, not to sure what to think of this movie, i wouldn't recommend it, was ok but dn't waiste your money on it,
An australian cult classic waiting to happen.
I loved this movie, great fun and very funny. I live north of Broome and absolutely loved the scenery in the movie. Great watch. The whole family loved it. Highly recommended!
Good fun film - great to see Aussie actors getting together in films like this.
Booked this thinking I was supporting the Australian Movie industry!!. My partner and I were unanimous in our assessment that is possibly the worst movie we have ever seen.
Good for a laugh enjoyed the light hearteness
I wasn't sure that a musical was something my husband would want to watch but as this was an Australian movie I took a chance. He really loved it, go figure but I on the other hand found it quite hard to watch. Too many songs, not a great story, I would never watch it again.
After the rave review it got from the Quickflix critic and knowing some people who worked on the film I was looking forward to Bran Nue Dae. But heed this warning - unless you really, really, really love musicals forget it! This was one big song from start to end without a story to tie it together. I fast forwarded through most of the songs and to be honest there wasn't much left! Half a star from me (if that was possible).
Bright and pleasant enough, but quite devoid of meaningful content or much of a story. The singing and dancing are fine, but the acting is amateurish at best. Missy Higgins in particular should stick to singing.
Excellent Australian Movie,Ernie Dingo and rest of Cast were great,Really Enjoyed it
Took to long to get going and not really enough in this to keep me interested. It was a short movie at just over an hour and not really worth a rental. The last five minutes of the movie and the bits with Ernie Dingo were the best, without him, it would have been a total disaster rather than just a mediocre flick.
Could've been a really good movie with a decision to make it a comedy or serious story. A few songs are misplaced and not needed. Good performance from Ernie Dingo, over acting from a few of the more well knowns. An advancement of Aussie films, I donk think so.
I am normally not a 'musical-person' but this was very very nice, with some typical Australian humour thrown in it. Beautiful afternoon movie!
Good Australian movie really liked Missy Higgins in this and Ernie Dingo. Great entertainment!
EXCELLENT MOVIE. HIGHLY RATED
excellent aussie movie. humorous, wonderful sceneries, great script and catchy songs. fantastic australian cast. we need more movies like this one.
Fantastic Aussie film - great humour, music, acting and the beautiful Australian outback - what more could you want - all the actors / actress' were great, loved them all - Jess Mauboy was wonderful, what a beautiful voice she has, definatley a movie I will buy and add to my collection and watch again and again !!