Monday, June 15, 2015

Spice World

 Released Year: 1997
Directed by Bob Spiers

Casted by:
Melanie Brown ("Scary Spice") as herself
Emma Bunton ("Baby Spice") as herself
Geri Halliwell ("Ginger Spice") as herself
Melanie Chisholm ("Sporty Spice") as herself
Victoria Adams ("Posh Spice") as herself
Richard E. Grant as Clifford
Alan Cumming as Piers Cuthbertson-Smyth
Richard O'Brien as Damien
Barry Humphries as Kevin McMaxford
Jason Flemyng as Brad
The film begins when the Spice Girls perform their song "Too Much" on Top of the Pops, but they later become dissatisfied with the burdens of it. The sinister newspaper owner, Kevin McMaxford, is attempting to ruin the girls' reputation and even dispatches a photographer, Damien, to take pictures and tape recordings of the girls. Less threatening but more annoying is a film director, Piers Cuthbertson-Smyth, who stalks the girls along with his crew, hoping to use them as documentary subjects. At the same time, the girls' manager, Clifford, is fending off two overeager Hollywood writers, Martin Barnfield and Graydon, who relentlessly pitch absurd plot ideas for the girls' film.

Amid this, the girls must prepare for their live concert at the Albert Hall, the biggest performance of their career. At the heart of it, the constant practices, traveling, publicity appearances, and other burdens of celebrity affect the girls on a personal level, preventing them from spending much time with their pregnant best friend, Nicola, who is due to give birth soon. Throughout the busy schedule, the girls attempt to ask Clifford for time off to spend with Nicola and relax, but Clifford refuses after talking with the head of the girls' record label, the cryptic and eccentric "Chief". The stress and overwork compound, which culminate in a huge argument between Clifford and the girls; the girls suddenly storm out on the evening before their gig at the Albert Hall.

The girls separately think back on their humble beginnings and their struggle to the top. They reunite by chance outside the abandoned pub where they practised during their childhood years, they reconcile, and decide to take Nicola out dancing. However, Nicola goes into labour at the nightclub and is rushed to the hospital in the girls' bus. When Emma notices that the Doctor has a camera, the girls realize that he is Damien, who runs off with the girls in hot pursuit, only to hit his head after accidentally colliding with an empty stretcher. When Damien sees the girls standing over him, he tells them that they have made him see the error of his ways, and he goes after McMaxford, who is subsequently fired in a "Jacuzzi Scandal".

After noticing the girls' bus driver, Dennis (Meat Loaf) is missing, Victoria decides to take the wheel. It becomes a race against time as Victoria drives like a maniac. While approaching Tower Bridge, the bridge begins to raise to let a boat through the River Thames. Victoria drives up the bridge and over the gap. The bus finally lands safely on the other side, but when Emma opens a trapdoor in the floor, she discovers a bomb, and the girls scream before Emma slams the trapdoor shut again.

The girls finally arrive at the Albert Hall for their performance and run up the steps to the Rocky theme. However, the girls have one more obstacle to overcome: a London policeman charged the girls with: "dangerous driving, criminal damage, flying a bus without a license, and frightening the pigeons". Emma pushes forward and tells the policeman that she and the other girls were late for their performance at the Albert Hall. Emma smiles at the policeman, and he lets the girls off for their performance. The film ends when the girls perform their song "Spice Up Your Life" at the centre stage of the Albert Hall.

The supporting cast later talk about the girls' film during the closing credits. Mel C breaks the fourth wall and tells the other girls that the outgoing audience is watching them. The girls talk to the audience and discuss their film, just minutes before the bomb in their bus explodes.
 L² Scored: 5/10

L² Comment:
The British Pop Girls were on fire during 1997~ Spice Girls even have their own movie, but seriously the storyline is so so, not requesting a lot from them except their hit song keep on appearing in the movie~ Wanna Be, Say you'll be there, Too Much, Mama, Viva Forever, Spice Up your life, Stop, Who do you think you are, 2 become 1... 

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