It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we’ll recommend a slice of classic movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s Spice World.
Some movies are classics because they’re good, other because they’re bad. After some 20 years we still can’t work out exactly whether we love or hate the Spice Girls’ entry in the pop movie canon. But something keeps us going back every so often. Perhaps as serious Britpop fans in the era we’re ashamed to admit to being smitten with it?
Or perhaps it’s because the movie simply IS pop. Making nary a lick of sense, but always remaining self-aware, the five girls pinball from one setpiece to the next, be it rehearsals, flashbacks, weird army sequences, waking boys from comas or performing with a bunch of Spanish dancer chaps wearing bumless trousers. All the while, decent actors like Richard E Grant and Alan Cumming just lap up the silliness of it all.
There’s no sensible story to proceedings, but does it really matter? Spice World is essentially a female-led A Hard Day’s Night, and is as much of a time capsule of ’90s pop as The Beatles’ movie was to the 1960s.
Four reasons why Spice World
1. The cameos – Elvis Costello, Meat Loaf, Bob Geldof, Stephen Fry, Elton John, Jools Holland, Bob Hoskins, Roger Moore…
2. The TARDIS-like Spice Bus – and the FX budget for its jump over the Tower Bridge.
3. The girls swap roles scene.
4. Girl power!
Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.