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.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
The singsongy score is a mostly forgettable potpourri of folk, reggae, country and gospel poorly lip-synced by cast members whose uneven vocal chops underscore the ingenuousness of characters like the virginal Willie.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 09.10.2010
It's almost impossible not to be swept up by the exuberant fun of this singing, dancing, irony-laced ode to the repression, reeducation and resistance of Australia's indigenous tribal peoples circa 1969.Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 09.09.2010
A sunny, colorful Australian Aborigine musical sounds like a good idea, but Bran Nue Dae is a very slightly plotted, over-the-top film with hammy acting suitable for an old Benny Hill episode.G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 09.09.2010
The desert colors pop. The songs are catchy. The lip-synching, meanwhile, is always a little off, and the dancing is usually average at best. That homemade quality is part of the movie's charm.Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, 09.09.2010