When people hear about the movie Legally Blonde, they usually think of a movie about a hot blonde chick who goes to law school to get back a guy, and then falls in love with another one. And that’s partially true, but it’s also so much more.
I’m going to focus on Legally Blonde The Musical in this post, because there are a couple of little things in there that, for me, make it better then the original movie. But the main idea is still there.
Yes, Elle Woods goes to Harvard Law to win back the “love of her life”, Warner Huntington the Third, after a disastrous break up.
Yes, she’s a bit of an air head at the beginning.
Yes, she wears a lot of pink.
Yes, she ends up with a different guy.
But you know what she doesn’t do?
She doesn’t give up when it’s hard.
She doesn’t let anyone tell her she doesn’t belong at Harvard.
She doesn’t let Vivian, Warner’s new girlfriend, get under her skin. Nor does she treat Vivian badly.
She’s a strong, confident woman, who takes her anger at Warner and uses it as motivation. She throws herself into her studies, and doesn’t allow herself to be changed to become everyone’s idea of what a lawyer should be.
And she totally smashes the case with her knowledge on hair care as well as her knowledge on law.
I have to say my favourite part in the musical that sets it apart from the movie is the fact that at the end, Elle proposes to Emmet. It’s very modern and egalitarian and just makes me so happy (the song that’s playing at the time also happens to be one of my favourites in the whole performance).
It’s a brilliant musical, and it easily passes the Bechdel Test. Really, there’s no reason not to watch it!
(This post was written before changes to my blog, when all posts where categorized by “sparks”. Any and all references to Katy/Everyday/Travelling/Life Sparks or Sparkszine are as a result of this)