Blonde (SE)/B+, B+
Legally Blonde is hot pink comedy
executed with hip swinging hilarity. How can you resist a film that features
fashionable fillips of wisdom like "Whoever said orange is the new
pink was seriously disturbed."
Elle Woods, a Bellaire babe brought up
in the shadow of Aaron Spelling. Elle is the pride of CULA (California
University Los Angeles), a 4.0 fashion major and the quintessential
Delta Nu sister. When Elle’s boyfriend dumps her in preparation for
Harvard Law School, Elle decides to enter Harvard Law herself. It’s a
great set-up layered with precious details.
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Reese Witherspoon is the
remarkable actress that brings Elle to life. Witherspoon can't seem to
do anything wrong these days with uncanny comic portraits such as Election
and Pleasantville. Witherspoon is clearly the
best working comic actress around. Her command of zany dialogue delivery could
have topped the box office in any era. With Legally Blonde's
hilarity bursting full tilt from the word go, I imagine the actress must
have masked a constant smile on her face during
the many small precious moments executed with casual elegance in the
Costume designer Sophie de Rakoff Carbonell delivers
masterfully brash fashion creations. Just imagine, WItherspoon had 57 costume
changes, multiple hair styles, and a perfect expression to go with every
situation. Production design is brilliant. Director Robert Luketic displays terrific sense of
proportion in doling out the humor. Features like the charming dog
Frazier are never overused. Even the full-plate fashion statements are
dished out without having them pushed in your face. Not that you can
help but smile at every over produced outfit worn with blissful
confidence by star Witherspoon.
. In keeping with the
thematic material, Legally Blonde comes to life
in an explosion of DVD color. From day-glow orange to cherry red
range is well controlled with no bleeding. The hot colors are hot enough
to inspire some of the laughs. Blacks are deep, shadow detail excellent.
Good skin tones make for a natural look, though the make-up is plied on
heavily for effect on a number of actors. Overall light output packs
theatrical weight. Most scenes are very sharp, yet a touch of softness
creeps in here and there. The Dolby Digital 5:1 soundtrack is upbeat and
Audio commentary delivered by director Robert Luketic,
producer Marc Platt and star Reese Witherspoon is informative and funny.
The three principals with comfortably together. It's one of those
commentaries that makes you feel like you're spending some time with
Blonde is terrific comedy equally attune to teen and adult
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