Its time for another Flashback Review, this one involves the final decade of the 20th century, the 90’s. During that period, a variety bands, rappers and singers were very popular at the time. You had bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, No Doubt, Green Day, rappers Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 2pac, Biggie Smalls, singers Mariah Carey, LeeAnn Rimes, & Faith Hill. Not only did the musicians spawned a legacy of future musicians, but one particular all girl band started the trend of future girl bands. The one that started it all is none other than The Spice Girls. It began in 1994 when Simon Fuller, (the future creator of American Idol) was looking for five girls capable of singing & dancing, the five we came to know and remember are Mel B, Emma Bunton, Mel C, Geri Halliwell, and Victoria Beckham.
In 1996, the same year “Independence Day”(one of my favorite movie of all time) came out, the band released their first hit single “Wannabe,” the song became a commercial success, catapulting their way to the music charts ranking #1. More songs were released on their debut album “Spice” proving they are not just a one hit wonder. As a result from music listeners & critics, The Spice Girls became an international phenomenon since The Beatles. Spawning countless merchandise, endorsement deals, & a motion picture about them, similar to The Beatles films like Hard Days Night and Yellow Submarine. Thus, the film “Spice World” was born.
Released in 1997 (same year Men In Black came out) in the U.K. & 1998 (same year Armageddon came out) in the U.S. It made enough money at the box office, but it became a critical failure from critics. There are problems in this film, I mean a lot, so let me point out the flaws of the film.
I’ll have you know that very important SPOILERS are present for those who weren’t around in the 90’s or a 90’s baby like me. If you haven’t seen this movie, read at your own risk.
Good & Garbage/Garbo Aspects
Good: The songs by The Spice Girls are very memorable and catchy at the same time. My favorite song by them is “Too Much.” It’s played during the opening credits.
Satirical depiction of Hollywood producers and Paparazzi. Foreshadowing the evil in the entertainment industry like Michael Bay & Harvey Levin/T.M.Z. Hollywood Producers attempting to cash in the latest trend is a never-ending as in live action Disney remakes.
Fun Fact: Charli XCX (one of my favorite singers) claimed she used to watch Spice World all the time. She even stated The Spice Girls inspired her to make music.
Celebrity cameos are actually pretty funny especially Roger Moore. By the way Posh Spice made a James Bond reference. “Tomorrow Never Dies” also came out in 1997.
Cinematography felt solid without suffering technical difficulties.
There are funny moments including Meat Loaf’s inside joke on his song “I’d Do Anything For Love,” Posh Spice raising her voice on a sick boy in his sleep, Mel B pronouncing baby as “beh beh.” Bonus Points for making a Pulp Fiction joke titled “Spice Force Five.” (in Pulp Fiction it was Fox Force Five) I’m a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino.
Garbage/Garbo: There’s no actual plot nor a three act structure, just random shenanigans. Christopher Nolan non-linear/out of order sequence made perfect since in his movies!
The acting from the five leads are terrible, as Cleveland Brown from “Family Guy” would say “Turrable.”
Random flash forward sequences that don’t connect to future events, except for one that predicted the ladies as mothers in real life.
A pointless fashion montage that has nothing to do with the main plot. What’s the deal with playing dress up? I think this movie ran out of ideas to build a cohesive narrative.
Each Spice Girl never had a character arc of their own throughout the whole film besides a flashback on how they got here.
This isn’t a joke y’all, male backup dancers expose their bare butts (ya heard me) in their purple suits. To quote Doug Walker/Nostalgia Critic, “You know for kids!”
A “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” rip-off of aliens visiting The Spice Girls. Things can not get weirder than Vincent D’Onofrio as Edgar The Bug from “Men In Black” literally yanking his head saying “Hey is that better?!”
A flamboyant version of “Full Metal Jacket” involving “dance camp.” Why do you say, because padding demands it! “Blazing Saddles” did a funny moment with Dom DeLuise directing a fictional musical called, “The French Mistake.”
A boat disaster scene that causes the group to break up in a “we are through” cliché. Don’t worry they get back together just like in every buddy-cop film and they’ll eventually apologize to each other blah blah blah blah blah. Ugh! I hate this trope because it’s totally predictable.
Seriously? Who the heck takes their heavily pregnant friend to a nightclub. In real life, it’s irresponsible to let a pregnant woman to a bar.
There are no stakes involved until the climax actually gives us a real story.
Apologizing to cops for reckless driving won’t give you a pardon. In real life you go to jail with your new cellmates Lindsay Lohan & Mel Gibson. Did they apologize to the cops? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
The film is incredibly dated now that we know The Spice Girls are no longer relevant as they used to be in The 90’s.
Final Verdict: D, FOR DUMB DUMB!
I know this isn’t a masterpiece, but despite many flaws of the film, it is really a guilty pleasure for me, unless you turn your brain off. If you want to give it a shot for nostalgic purposes, go ahead and give it a watch.