Everyone likes music, and everyone in their right mind thinks that Chris O’Dowd is hilarious, so the new film from Australian director Wayne Blair, The Sapphires, should be a real crowd pleaser. Heck, it’s fun enough that our own Simon Gallagher gave it a kind review after seeing it at Cannes last year, a review in which he called it “the point where Dreamgirls and Cool Runnings meet.” I don’t know about you, but where I come from, to invoke Cool Runnings is high praise indeed.
Now that The Weinstein Company has picked up the film and set it for a North American release on March 22, they’ve put out a new trailer to sell it to American audiences, and as you can see, it does indeed seem like a really good time. It’s got humor, a charming period setting, tons of soul music, and even a little action and drama once it goes to the Vietnam freaking War. What more could a movie offer up in an attempt to warm the cockles of your icy heart and make you decide to give it a chance?
Come on, just try to watch this trailer and not beam at O’Dowd’s cuteness with the twinkle of a crush gleaming in your eye. Try not to get sucked in by these vivacious young ladies‘ enthusiasm to chew up the world and spit it out. Dare you.