Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sunday Cinema: Working Girl

I have this strange and secret penchant for movies in which someone normal (or even better, someone who is the underdog) somehow gets in a situation where they pretend to be someone more powerful or famous or whatever. Usually, the underdog proceeds to prevail over pretty much everyone in the movie, kicking ass, taking names, and falling in love during the last 10 minutes. There are a lot more of these movies than you might think, for example: Secret of my Success, Don't tell Mom the Babysitter is Dead, Big. Movies like Harry Potter, Princess Diaries, and What a Girl Wants are a similar but slightly different genre, in which rather than pretending, the underdog inadvertantly finds out they are secretly special. They then proceed to do all the same things as the underdogs in category A.).

Anyhow, I have recently watched (twice!) one of the more fantastic examples from this series of fine films: Working Girl. During these recent viewings, I've gained a lot of appreciation for this excellent piece of cinematography. In particular, and in no particular order:

1. The 80's gear is out of control. This is not the kind of 80's gear that gets sported by hipsters in an attempt to be ironic. This is massive hair, amazing eyeshadow, enormous shoulder pads, and insane red glasses kinds of 80's gear. See below:

2. It has Sigourney Weaver. Sigourney Weaver is just awesome. It also has Alec Baldwin. Both of them do an excellent job of playing people you can't stand, although for different reasons.

3. It has Harrison Ford. This is not just any Harrison Ford, it is Harrison Ford from the late 80's, which I believe could be construed as the peak of his Harrison Ford-ness. Check it out:

(ok, I realize that Harrison didn't wear his Indiana Jones outfit in this movie. However, I really think that we can bend the rules just a little, just for this)


SecretMe said...

i remember working girl, sigourney goes on a skiing holiday and the underdog takes on her job classic 80s film ♥

Winklepots said...

I have not seen that movie, but now I want to. Great post! :o) And really, who doesn't love Harrison Ford circa late 80's? That's worth seeing it right there. :o)


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