Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Dir: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld Cert: PG
Legally Blonde was a reasonably amusing chick-flick romantic comedy based
on the novel by Amanda Brown and starred Reese Witherspoon, making her
the world-wide star she is now. Released to huge commercial success and
taking over $100m world-wide easily reclaiming its $18m budget, these
figures would inevitably lead Hollywood to the idea of making a sequel.
Thus Legally Blonde 2 was made. The first Legally Blonde was a reasonably
amusing tale of beautiful blonde bimbo (Elle Woods) going to Harvard Law
school, succeeding in grand style and thus quashing the bimbo image.
The sequel picks up soon after the end of the first film, with Elle planning
her wedding to Emmett (Luke Wilson) and attempting to climb the ladder
of law firm employment. But disaster strikes when she loses her job on
an animal rights issue and decides to go to Washington D.C in order to
pass a bill to stop cosmetics testing / experimenting on animals. On the
way she meets various characters who at first set against her then slowly
turn to Elles way of thinking, mainly due to Elles knowledge
This may seem a simple straightforward plot but there is much more to
Legally Blonde 2 than that. LB2 rises way up above and beyond its predecessor
and all of its contemporaries as it is a tale of deception, truth,
justice, integrity and cosmetics.
Much of this complex tales weaves its intricate path using a cunning mixture
of satire and oblique humour, detailing the way that American politics
have become a game of backstabbing, self-preservation and double-dealing
standards. The wit and subtle nuances of the script would make even Oscar
Wilde nod his head in wistful appreciation.
The performances by the ensemble cast also merit mention, in particular
Reese Witherspoon shows that there is more to her than her nicely shaped
legged and her winning chipmunk smile, by giving a performance that ranks
up there with the greatest performances ever given by any female lead.
LB2 manages so well to cater for every single type of film-goer from the
diverse art-house / world cinema clique to the action-rampaging, super-hero
ridden blockbusters of the summer. It does all this without any detriment
to its own unique identity and without compromising its own artist and
moral premise. Truly the new age of perfect cinema is upon us. A must
for every single age and group. 11 / 10
- Harry, are you feeling well - editor)