When Spice World premiered in the United States in 1998, it faced scathing criticism from film critics. It’s been called both dumb and plotless.
But we all know there’s more to it, don’t we?
It was touted the feminist film of its time with the ladies talking about girl power every chance they get. Some say that while the girls sported peace signs and preached the gospel of feminism, they also drove home the point that they’re all just dumb popstars.
There’s Ginger Spice (Geri Halliwell) coming up with the non-existent ‘compromisation’ and even Posh Spice (Victoria Beckham) not being able to tell all her identical ‘little Gucci dresses’ apart.
A game of chess where Scary Spice (Melanie Brown) decides to not play by the rules and move her Knight anywhere she wanted, Baby Spice (Emma Bunton) freaking out about how she will always be known by her baby image even when she’s – gasp – 30! And of course, there’s Sporty Spice caring more about her fitness than anything else and coming to the defence of Capricorns.
But while people were busy pointing out how bad the acting was and making fun of the shallow plot, they missed out on the whole point.
The girls were poking fun at themselves and the stereotypes they and other women need to live with. The plot, as seen in the movie, was made up by a group of men who go through several movie pitches wanting to profit from their fame and hard work. Note that they never had a say in picking out the story for their own movie.
An evil man wants to take the girl group down and a journalist wanting to make a documentary keeps hoping for a tragic ending for them.
But in the end, the girls outmanoeuvre everyone. True, they did it quite unwittingly but they do have a lot of fun and enjoy each other’s friendship along the way. They perform in the Royal Albert Hall for their fans and everyone realises the movie they watched was the winning movie pitch.
In 2018 where people tend to take themselves too seriously and every little thing is seen as offensive or automatically belittling a minority, we need a little bit more of Spice World. Its comedic and pop culture value can teach people who to take a joke and maybe even poke fun at themselves.
Maybe then, we’ll be laughing more and stop getting outraged over every little thing.
With that, we leave you with one of our favourite parts of the movie, where the girls chant happily:
Spice Girls: We’re the Spice Girls, yes indeed. Just Girl Power is all we need. We know how we got this far.
Ginger Spice: Strength and courage and a Wonderbra!
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