“You must always have faith in people. And most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself.” – Legally Blonde
Theatres are like a room full of imagination. You watch the trailer. You create a picturization of your own. A theatre is like your personalized film set. These past nine months, we have been lacking the aura of the theatre-like feeling. But, the plethora of web series and movies on the vast streaming sites have kept us at bay. Everyone has binged most of the shows and movies. Moreover, there are no more films to watch. This is the right time for you to revisit some classics.
If you are in the mood for a light yet enjoyable movie watch ‘Legally Blonde’. In 2001, this movie was featured in the theatres. This enthralling comedy was directed by Robert Luketic and cast the queen of Hollywood Reese Witherspoon. In addition to that, Alanna Ubach, Luke Wilson, and Francesca P. Roberts were also a part of this movie. This film was ahead of its time. In a heavily male-dominated world, Elle Woods shows us a glimpse of what women can do.
Australian director, Robert Luketic can engross the audience. He did the same with ‘Legally Blonde’. Robert was born on November 1, 1973. He has directed films such as Monster- in Law, 21, and Paranoia. Luketic also displays his film making skills in movies like Killers. He has also worked in the industry as a producer and screenplay writer. His major genre of direction is comedy and drama. This was one of Luketic’s most acknowledged films. Legally Blonde is not only a golden film but also presents its audience with a feministic point of view.
The movie begins with the effervescent introduction of Elle Woods. She lives the perfect life. She is also a part of the sorority. Moreover, she has the dreamiest boyfriend. It is finally the big night when Warner Huntington, her boyfriend is going to propose to her. To her shock, Warner breaks up with her. Warren stupefies Elle when he tells her that she is an obstacle in his bright future. After this heartbreaking event, Elle is determined to show Warner that she is not any other blond girl. She sets off to Harvard to earn herself a Law degree.
Upon her arrival, she encounters Warren, who is now engaged to his ex-girlfriend, Vivian. But, she does not give up. She registers for the same class as the couple and decides to prove everyone wrong. Eventually, the story continues to Callahan, the famous law professor selecting freshmen to handle a high profile case. After enough grit and passion, Elle gets selected. But, to her horror, she is teamed with Warner and Vivian. The case revolves around the murder of the husband of Brooke Windham. Throughout this case, Vivian and Elle become close friends. This was an unexpected turn in the movie. We also see a budding friendship between Emmett Richmond, Callahan’s junior, and Elle.
A major twist occurs when Callahan tries to deprave Woods. Traumatized by the event, Elle shares her experience with Emmett. With his beauty and brains, Richmond gets Callahan fired. To Elle’s surprise, Brooke now appoints her as the defense lawyer for the case. There is a drastic personality change in Elle from hereon. She puts on her detective hat and looks into the nuances of the case. With her exceptional brainpower, Woods figures out who committed the murder and becomes the ‘heroine’ of the movie.
This movie was the heartthrob for teenagers in 2001. ‘Legally Blonde’ swept away an array of awards that year. Reese Witherspoon was highly appreciated for her witty, comedic acting skills. This movie created a space in the minds of audiences. It also was a movie that was appreciated for its bold direction. People have said this film was impossible to dislike.
Reese Witherspoon, the main essence of the movie won the ‘Best Comedic Performance’ for her contribution. The MTV Movie Awards awarded her the ‘Best Dressed Actress’ . Even after two decades of release, the generation considers this movie at the top of the list.
An Influential End:
2001 was just the beginning of the revolution that was coming. Women were putting on their high heels and raging towards empowerment. In such times, the release of ‘Legally Blonde’ was the added spice. Law is by and large a male-dominant sector. On the contrary, this movie shatters all stereotypes. Elle stands up for all the females across the world. She subtly puts forth the idea of self-worth. You do not need to change yourself for someone. Rather become a better version to prove to yourself. This ideal was an impetus to the ongoing women’s movement. Innumerable young girls decided to take over the legal world of law by storm.
This movie is the perfect representation of the strength women hold. The power to change the world with just a comedic tinge.