Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Josie and the Pussycats (3 Stars)

This film is based on the comic book series with the same name published by Archie Comics. I have to praise the film for one outstanding success. It's the first time that I've ever seen a film about a comic book team in which the hair and skin colour of the team members perfectly match the comic.

Just look at the comic book cover for comparison. Perfect! Well, almost perfect. The outfits worn in the film aren't as sexy as they are in the comics.

Josie McCoy, Melody Valentine and Valerie Brown are the members of a struggling rock band called the Pussycats. I use the word "rock" cautiously, because that's not how I would describe their music. A music producer gives them a recording contract on the basis of their looks alone, without having heard them. He has no interest in their music. All he wants to do is sell CD's that contain subliminal messages to persuade American teenagers to buy certain products. He changes the group's name to Josie and the Pussycats in order to drive a rift between the band members, pushing Melody and Valentine into the background.

The girls discover the plot to commercialise their music and fight back.

Don't expect a masterpiece. All the film offers is pretty girls and poor quality music. The girls manage to look pretty without being sexy, in line with the traditional clean family image of Archie Comics. That's a shame. The girls have so much more to offer.

Female bass guitar players are so hot. Or is it just Rosario Dawson?

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