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2010 Films 3: Spice World

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Strength and courage in a wonderbra


Facing a rather gruelling trip combined with grinding toothache and not enough sleep last night, I discovered to my delight that I could watch Spice World, the 1997 film starring the Spice Girls which I had never actually seen. I must say it cheered me up immensely. It is total nonsense, but not actually offensively bad; the music is toe-tappingly compelling; it is fun to see Meat Loaf, Richard O'Brien, Roger Moore, etc all doing their bit for this deeply silly project; also fun of course to see Naoko Mori in pre-Torchwood days (and likewise Richard E. Grant and Claire Rushbrook before their rather different Doctor Who connections). As for the Spice Girls themselves, it's clear that while Mel C is the best singer, Geri Halliwell is the best actual performer, and already not quite in sync with the rest of the team. (Her best line: "Haven't you ever heard of the word 'compromisaton'?")

It is perhaps 30 years since I watched A Hard Day's Night, and I entirely accept the view that this is a pale imitation of it, but it lifted my spirits when they needed lifting, and you can't ask much more than that.

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strange_complex
Jan. 20th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
I entirely agree that this film is fabulous fun! I mean, come on - a double-decker bus leaping the Thames as Tower Bridge is opening? Awesome! I also found when I reviewed it in my own journal that it brought quite a few secret fans out of the woodwork, so the critical panning it got on release clearly didn't reflect everyone's views.

PS - what should we read into the fact that you have given the Spice Girls a whole tag all of their own in your journal? Do you expect to offer further reviews of their output?
liberaliser
Jan. 20th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
This made me smile. Never seen it myself; I shall put it on my list of things to get round to.
altariel
Jan. 20th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
Lots of fun and the songs are great. What more is there to ask for?
xipuloxx
Jan. 20th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
I remember watching and enjoying it years ago. Yes, it's very daft and not, in most senses, actually very good. But what it is is great fun. I'm actually surprised it gets such a near-universl panning.
andrewducker
Jan. 20th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
Absolutely great, very silly, utter nonsense. Saw it at the cinema :->
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