Jump on the Union Jack tour bus and ride along with the Spice Girls as they prepare to take the stage in this candy-coated nod to A Hard Day’s Night.
Director: Bob Spiers
Starring: Alan Cumming, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, Melanie Brown, Victoria Beckham, Melanie Chisholm, Richard E. Grant, Barry Humphries, Roger Moore, George Wendt, Meat Loaf
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At the end of the 1990’s ‘Girl Power’ was all the rage thanks to the all-girl manufactured pop group ‘The Spice Girls’. I have to admit I was no Spice Girls fan, in fact I found them really annoying, but my sister was a fan so I know most of their songs. I can remember when I saw that the spice girls were doing a film I expected it to be really rubbish and boring. I certainly didn’t expect to enjoy it at all and I was sure that the acting was going to be very dodgy. However I was pleasantly surprised, don’t get me wrong its not a classic by any stretch of the imagination, but then again it doesn’t pretend to be anything more than it was at the time – another way to get money from the bands’ teenie bopper fans.
The story follows the girls as they prepare for a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, which is to be the biggest performance of their career. At the same time sinister newspaper owner Kevin McMaxford is trying to ruin the group’s reputation and in order to gain readers of his newspaper he dispatches photographer Damien to take pictures and tape recordings of the girls. Less threatening but more annoying is Piers Cuthbertson-Smyth, who stalks the girls along with his camera crew, hoping to use them as subjects for his next project. At the same time, the girls’ manager, Clifford , is fending off two over-eager Hollywood writers, named Martin Barnfield and Graydon , who relentlessly pitch absurd plot ideas for a feature film for the Spice Girls.
At the heart of it, the constant practices, travelling, 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 very soon. Any appeals to their manager, Clifford, for some time off are denied which leads to the girls arguing with Clifford and each other before leaving to go their separate ways the night before the concert. Will they settle their differences, reunite and get back in time for their performance at the Royal Albert Hall?
‘Spice World The Movie’ has an all star cast of cameo roles including my favourite: Meatloaf as the group’s tour bus driver. Richard O’Brien as Damien the photographer, Rodger Moore as Clifford’s boss and Richard E Grant as Clifford.
If you are looking for a fun film to watch with all the family that doesn’t take itself to seriously then I’d say give ‘Spice World The Movie’ a try. It is good clean family fun and whilst the acting from the girls leaves little to be desired, there are more than enough talented Hollywood actors who cameo to make up for it.
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