Spice World

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

You know them. They are Scary, Posh, Baby, Ginger, and Sporty, the Spice Girls. The international superstars may not be together anymore, but they made their mark on our culture, and this movie might actually win them some fans. While some bands (cough, Beatles, cough) make movies that glorify themselves, and fuel their god complexes, Spice World has only one purpose, FUN! Most of the movie focuses on exploiting the girl’s character’s, such as Posh’s fashion fetish. The girls play themselves in the movie, at least their Spice Girl personas. The girls have their first big live show at the Royal Albert Hall, and they are getting pretty nervous about it. They have to travel to do public relations events, take dance lessons, greet their fans, and try to fit in a practice somewhere. They run into all sorts of hi-jinks in the mean-time, and eventually even split up for a time before the show.

Granted, this is not an AFI 100 worthy movie. But then again, neither are most films brought out. That does not mean that Spice World is not entertaining and worth watching by any means. Top to bottom, light and perky comedy rules this picture, even the bad guys are comedic in their evil ways. The visuals in Spice World are much like the girls themselves, bright and bold, lots of color, not much contrast, unless it’s with their enemies. The girls are the butts of many of the film’s jokes, playing off the stereotypes they each portray. The movie seems so enjoyable because of this, I mean, I don’t want to offend anyone, but the Beatle’s movies seemed like Nazi-style propaganda, made for the sole purpose of selling more records. The Beatles are infamous for taking themselves too seriously, and this is a problem the Spice Girl’s don’t have. They bounce, giggle, and make fun of each other, and the idea of themselves as a whole.

Helping to fill in the gaps is a stellar supporting cast, including their bus driver, Meatloaf, their manager, Richard E. Grant. Also highlighting the cast are George Wendt, Roger Moore, who spoofs his own James Bond roots, Mark McKinney, and Alan Cumming. There are also many very cool cameos, by such stars as Bob Hoskins, Elvis Costello, Jennifer Saunders (of Ab/Fab fame), Elton John, and a group of aliens trying to score some tickets. One alien scores a feel-up on Scary Spice, which is a funny sight to behold. In closing, if you want a feel-good movie, this is it, more fun than you can shake a stick at. So sit back, relax, and let these girls Spice up your life.

Video: How does it look?

This quality on this disc is great, with all bright colors shining through, keeping the film upbeat and colorful. There is no grain or discolorment to be found, and the choice of either letterbox or pan and scan is a nice touch as well.

Audio: How does it sound?

This movie relies heavily on audio, with live performances and a nice soundtrack. The dialogue is easy to hear, even when the music is blaring and effects are ful-force.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Theatrical Trailer, and a live music video for their hit “Mama”. I figured there would be heaps of Spice stuff laying around to put on this DVD, but I guess not.

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