BY KILEY BELL
What girl doesn’t dream at some point in her life about being in a band? The screaming fans cheering you on, your own music deafening everyone’s ears, jumping off stage to crowd surf like a total badass–those are basically the things dreams are made of. While the upcoming film The Sapphires (starring the adorable Chris O’Dowd) shows us a different kind of girl group (think 1960s female soul singers), they don’t make it look any less cool.
To celebrate the hopes of aspiring rockstars-to-be everywhere, here are five films that show us how great it is to be a girl with musical talent.
5) The Runaways
Based on the real-life 1970s rock band of the same name, The Runaways depicts the relationship of the band while focussing on the friendship between Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) and Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart). The film was generally well-received by critics proving that Fanning and Stewart did something better that year than the third installation of Twilight.
4) Mamma Mia!
Proof that even your mom can still rock out when she wants to, Mamma Mia! is a musical-turned-movie that features a backstory involving a now middle-aged girl (woman) group. Main character Donna (played by chameleon Meryl Streep) relives her glory days with BFFs Tanya and Rosie as the three reunite for a wedding, and for a chance to embarrass Donna’s daughter with their singing and dancing. After watching the women perform as “Donna and The Dynamos” at the bachelorette party, I think it’s safe to say that these women can still shake it.
3) Josie and the Pussycats
Originally a comic book published by Archie Comics in the 1960s, Josie and her two friends, Valerie and Melody, made their feature film debut in 2001. While the plot of the United States government making money by targeting teenage girls through subliminal messages in their favourite songs is a bit outlandish, it still makes for a funny (albeit entirely unbelievable) story. And with Parker Posey and Alan Cumming as the insane villains of the movie, how could you go wrong?
2) Spice World
A favourite film of many since childhood, who doesn’t remember the odd transition the Spice Girls took from musicians to actresses? A ridiculous movie with an even more ridiculous plot, the story involves aliens, creepy spies, a harsh boot camp, a baby delivery, a boat chase, odd flashes to the future and other realms, wacky costumes, a breakup AND get-together, a crazy manager and his crazier boss, and of course, the coolest bus ever.
This film was the role of a lifetime for Jennifer Hudson as it catapulted her from American Idol finalist to Academy Award winner. It’s safe to say that she earned that award as she was the standout among the other all-star cast members including Beyonce (yes, for once Queen Bey was outranked), Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy and Danny Glover. It’ll be interesting to see how The Sapphires holds up against this similar story of 1960s female singers trying to make it in the world of soul.
A student of Centennial’s post-graduate Book and Magazine publishing program, Kiley enjoys spending most of her time crying over Tom Hanks romcoms, watching Downton Abbey and hoping that Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen continue making movies with only each other.