21 years ago yesterday, Spice World hit theaters.
My generation’s answer to The Beatles 1964 film A Hard Day’s Night, the film followed The Spice Girls as they traveled around London in the most spectacular tour bus ever seen, have a variety of wacky experiences and performed for their fans.
There are some movies that are intellectually stimulating and/or appeal to a wide variety of audience members. This film, however, is not one of them. While it doesn’t take itself too seriously, it is just really one very long music video meant to appeal to the fans of the group. It doesn’t help that the members of group are just playing themselves and are far from trained actors.
There are some films that are timeless and some that are dated. Spice World is dated.
Even so, the fact that this film is 21 makes me feel like time has gone by too fast. If it were a human being, it would be of age to drink legally. Happy Birthday Spice World.
In the late 1990’s, the Spice Girls were everywhere. Their songs were all over the radio, it was hard to not miss them in the media.
Then, on top of all of that media coverage, Spice World (1997) hit theaters.
Taking a page out of the playbook of the Beatles, Spice World is a revamped A Hard Days Night.
As the girls prepare for their first live concert in London, they encounter aliens, spend the night in a haunted castle and find a moment of peace in a maternity ward.
Shakespeare, it ain’t.
This film is very much a moment in time kind of film. There are some movies that can transcend their era, but this film, like A Hard Days Night, is forever stuck in its era.
Do I recommend it? If you were a pre-teen or teenage girl in the late 1990’s, then yes, because watching this film just takes us back to that time and place. If you were not, then I say no because the plot is nearly non-existent and the film is basically a feature-length music video.