|Samantha Jayne, Arturo Perez Jr.
|12 january 2024
Mean Girls returns to the big screen two decades after the success of the original 2004 version, this time with a refreshingly energetic musical adaptation that harmoniously combines the charm of the original film and the Broadway production. It's a picture of delicious success, breathing new life into this beloved classic while adding a contemporary twist that resonates with today's audiences.
Outstanding performances from the cast, especially Reneé Rapp, Auli'i Cravalho and Jaquel Spivey, help to make this film one of the premier cinematic events of 2024. World Burn's Reneé Rapp confirms that her interpretation of Regina George is simply the best version of the character. Auli'i Cravalho and Jaquel Spivey deliver captivating performances, stealing the show with their dynamic, engaging interpretations, adding layers to the characters of Janis and Damian.
Tina Fey's return to the screenplay proves a masterstroke too, as she deftly updates the story to meet the challenges of the modern era while retaining the quintessential Mean Girls essence. The incorporation of music from the Broadway show adds another dimension to the narrative, with catchy tunes and energetic musical numbers that give insight into the inner workings of each character. The entire cast, representing the students of North Shore High School, breathes vitality into every scene, making them distinct and memorable characters in their own right.
The film's visual and musical elements are equally commendable, with inventive staging of musical numbers, dynamic choreography and vibrant cinematography. The integration of social media elements reflects a contemporary touch, effectively addressing modern themes such as popularity and social dynamics. The film manages to strike the perfect balance between homage to the original work and its own personal touch, creating an experience that will appeal to fans of the 2004 work and newcomers alike. Quite simply, it's an intergenerational phenomenon.
If fans of the musical seem to have been concerned about the deletion of certain songs from the Broadway show and the fact that the film is not explicitly presented as a musical, the result is quite simply an undeniable success and a feel-good movie the likes of which we'd like to see more of in cinemas these days. Mean Girls: Lolita Malgré Moi successfully captures the spirit of the original while embracing the sensibilities of today's generation, offering a refreshing and charming experience for viewers of all ages.
Mean Girl is certainly a triumphant return to the teen movie genre, offering an entertaining, updated version of the iconic story. With a talented cast, infectious music and visually vibrant presentation, this musical adaptation is not just a nostalgic trip for fans, but a must-see movie in theaters that effortlessly captures the hearts of audiences in 2024. Climb aboard, because Mean Girls is back, and the journey is well worth it. To say we can't wait to hear the songs from the film again would be an understatement. Certainly Angourie Rice and Renée Rapp are perfect in their roles. Definitely one of our favorites of January.
Directed by Samantha Jayne, Arturo Perez Jr.
Written by Tina Fey
Based on Mean Girls by Jeff Richmond, Nell Benjamin, Tina Fey
Produced by Lorne Michaels, Tina Fey
Starring Angourie Rice, Renée Rapp, Auliʻi Cravalho, Christopher Briney
Cinematography : Bill Kirstein
Edited by Andrew Marcus
Music by Jeff Richmond
Production companies : Broadway Video, Little Stranger
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates : January 8, 2024 (New York City), January 10, 2024 (France), January 12, 2024 (United States)
Running time :112 minutes
Seen January 08, 2024 at Grand Rex