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Legally 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 Elle’s way of thinking, mainly due to Elle’s knowledge of cosmetics.
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 it’s 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
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Harry Lime


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