Flashback Review: Spice World

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 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 in the U.K. & 1998 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.

SPOILERS for those who weren’t  around in the 90’s or a 90’s baby like me.

Good: The songs by The Spice Girls are very memorable and catchy at the same time.

Satirized depiction of Hollywood producers and Paparazzi. Foreshadowing the evil in the entertainment industry like Michael Bay & Harvey Levin/T.M.Z.

Celebrity cameos are pretty funny especially Roger Moore. By the way Posh Spice made a James Bond reference.

There are funny moments inclucding 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 Spice Force Five. (In Pulp Fiction it was Fox Force Five)

Garbage/Garbo: There’s no actual plot nor a three act structure, just random shenanigans.

The acting from the five leads are terrible, as Cleveland 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.

Each Spice Girl never had a character arc.

This isn’t a joke, male backup dancers expose their bare butts in their purple suits.

A Close Encounters Of The Third Kind rip-off of aliens visiting The Spice Girls.

A fruity version of Full Metal Jacket involves “dance camp.”

A boat disaster scene that causes the group to break up. Don’t worry they get back together just like in every buddy-cop film.

Seriously? Who takes their heavily pregnant friend to a nightclub.

There are no stakes involved until the climax.

Apologizing to cops for reckless driving won’t give you a pardon. In real life you go to jail with your new cell mates Lindsay Lohan & Mel Gibson. Did they apologize to cops? No!

The film is incredibly dated.

Final Verdict: D for Dumb dumb.

I know this isn’t a masterpiece, but despite flaws of the film, its really a guilty pleasure for me. If you want to give it a shot for nostalgic purposes, go ahead and give it a watch.

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