Throwback Thursday: Pop Arts Revisits…Legally Blonde!

Hello! Happy Thursday to everyone. For those of us in the UK, the weather has taken a steep and swift turn towards the autumnal, despite it being August, with our last Bank Holiday weekend approaching. Sigh.

Due to summer busy-ness, we’ve skipped a fair few Thursdays, but I can’t think of a better way to restart than with the gloriousness that is Legally Blonde.

Legally Blonde is often pigeon-holed and dismissed as a chick flick, which infuriates me. Am I a girl? Yes. Do I like girly, overtly feminine things? Yes. Do I like watching films about romance and love and puppies and shit? Dear God, YES. Do I like the term ‘Chick Flick’? Hell no. ‘Chick Flick’ is patronising on all sorts of levels. Clearly, it donates a film that is apparently for women, but more specifically than that, a ‘chick’. I feel like I get dumber by association any time someone refers to me as a chick, y’know? Added to which, ‘chick flick’ doesn’t even get the honour of being called a film, it’s a ‘flick’ – a throwaway, silly thing.

On the surface, I suppose Legally Blonde does seem throwaway and silly. Blonde, pink obsessed, California sorority girl goes to Harvard Law School with the sole intention of convincing her ex-boyfriend to marry her. Simple, right? Except that it is so much more than that and totally blows away any nonsense terms like ‘chick flick’.

(Please note: the discussion below presumes you’ve seen Legally Blonde. Which of course you have. RIGHT?)

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Theatre review: West Side Story

Where: Milton Keynes Theatre / When: 14th June 2014

First up, a confession: I’m not a huge fan of the central plot of West Side Story. Nor am I particularly fond of Romeo and Juliet, on which it’s based. The older I become, the less patience I have for the story of two teenagers who fall in love in like, a second, and then wreak havoc, bringing peace only through untimely demises. The violence and waste of life in both stories feels more senseless and frustrating to me as the years go by. The violence and gang warfare seems to stay especially potent, as gang violence remains a persistent and deadly problem.

However exasperated I get with the story though, you’d have to be made of stone not to be moved by this wonderful production. High class from start to finish, this was an exuberent, emotive and visually striking production of West Side Story, with a young and impressive cast.

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Throwback Thursday: Pop Arts Revisits…Matilda!

Hello dear readers! It’s that time yet again to cast a look back at previous awesome things I have loved. This week, it’s the turn of Roald Dahl book, Matilda (with special mentions for the film and play as well)

As mentioned in my list of 10 Gateway Books, I was an avid reader of Roald Dahl when I was a kid. At first, my Dad was the nominated reader of these stories to me, but soon I could read them by myself and was awestruck at Wonka’s Chocolate Factory with Charlie, hid from giants with Sophie and the BFG, travelled in a giant peach with James and most of all, loved the magical power of books with Matilda.

Matilda is one of Dahl’s most famous books and has been turned into both a successful film and musical. I think it appeals to so many people (including myself!) becuase this is a story about a brave, intelligent and funny heroine for bookish children (who are most likely to be the ones reading the book in the first place). While there are lots of inspiring heroes and heroines in children’s literature, there aren’t quite as many who gain all their power and strength from reading. Just reading.

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