Bran Nue Dae (2010)

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Critic Consensus: It's original and high-spirited, but Bran Nue Dae is also uneven and sometimes overly kitschy.


Movie Info

Bran Nue Dae is a charming new Australian-based, music-driven road movie/romantic comedy starring Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush that literally bursts onto the screen with unbridled energy and fun. Loosely based on one of Australia's most beloved and popular musicals, Bran Nue Dae is a foot stomping tour-de-force centering on the romantic adventures of a young aboriginal couple set against the spectacularly beautiful Australian landscape.

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and drug use)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Rachel Perkins, Reg Cribb, Jimmy Chi
In Theaters:
Box Office: $0.1M
Runtime:
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Cast


as Tadpole

as Father Benedictus

as Slippery

as Roadhouse Betty

as Lester
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Critic Reviews for Bran Nue Dae

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (19)

The film is uneven but in a kind of sweet, earnest way.

Full Review… | September 24, 2010
Globe and Mail
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You have to wonder about the film's almost complete portrayal of Aborigines as dim-witted dunderers, dancing fools, thieves and drunks. Whites fare no better. Does the film explode stereotypes, or reinforce them?

Full Review… | September 24, 2010
Toronto Star
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The bright colors and vibrant backgrounds ... go a long way in distracting from shortcomings in the story and style of this offhand hybrid.

Full Review… | September 23, 2010
Seattle Times
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Bran Nue Dae is an infectiously joyful Australian Aboriginal musical.

Full Review… | September 23, 2010
Arizona Republic
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Soon, whenever someone launches into a song, you roll your eyes and hope the tune is a short one.

Full Review… | September 22, 2010
Miami Herald
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Geoffrey Rush chews so much scenery that he looks ready to burst.

Full Review… | September 13, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
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Audience Reviews for Bran Nue Dae

½

Charmingly Aussie comedy-musical film - thanks to the energy of the music and dance sequences, the colourful vibrancy of Andrew Lesnie's cinematography and the ebullience of the multi-racial cast.
Director Rachel Perkins was old on the idea upon seeing the play in the early '90s, and more than a decade later has worked with Jimmy Chi to bring it to the big screen. And what a fine job she's done.
As an Aborigine, Perkin's affinity with the material is clear, and her heritage provides her with more creative leeway than a non-indigenous director may have enjoyed. For while issues such as death in custody are subtly addressed, so too are stereotypes such as binge drinking in indigenous communities, but in a far more playful fashion than we're used to.
Ostensibly, though, such issues play second fiddle to what is essentially a coming-of-age road movie, as teenager Willie attempts to make his way home to Broome from Perth after fleeing his Catholic school. At first glance, a homegrown musical featuring an Australian idol (Jessica Mauboy), a Triple J darling (Missy Higgins) and an unknown (Rocky McKenzie) may not appeal, but all acquit themselves well. Geoffrey Rush has fun as the frightfully Teutonic Father Benedictus, lending the film both credibility and quality, while Ernie Dingo's reprisal of his stage role as Uncle Tadpole is the work of a man both very familiar with, and fond of, the source material. Cameos from Deborah Mailman and Magda Szubanski are fun, frivolous and, therefore, in keeping with the overall feel of the film.

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Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

i actually yelled at the screen in this: "what a load!!!!" i apologise for the over-reaction, but i found this to be almost as insulting as "the triumph of the will" (but certainly no less over-the-top propaganda) and perhaps insidiously akin to pat boone's "innocent" version of "tutti frutti". unfortunately i fear that i am alone in recognition of the overwhelming yet underlining hate in evidence here.

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Apeneck Fletcher

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My thoughts on this are very mixed. I enjoyed parts of it, but some just fell flat for me. One thing is for sure, Geoffrey Rush gave an incredibly hilarious performance!

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Kyle S

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