When I first heard that there was going to be a Wonder Girls movie, I was excited because I thought it would be something like the Spice Girls movie, or the S Club (7) TV show. And to a certain extent it was, what with the main storyline being the Wonder Girls trying to succeed in the US. It's unrealistic, yes, seeing as one, it's extremely hard to succeed in one try, and two, the Wonder Girls have been in the US for YEARS, but to a certain extent, that kind of mindless plot appeals to people like me. Lit majors who argue over the difference between an era and a period, and who generally think too much about "simple" things, because movies like this are mindless fun, eye-candy, and maybe have the occasional pretty song in between.
From the trailer, it seemed just that. Friendship, fun, girl groups facing off, lots of singing, dancing, and general "merrymaking". But trust me, don't judge the movie by the trailer, because the trailer's actually a lot better than the movie itself. (sorry, still hung over from medieval lit)
Their English is nothing to brag about, and from the very beginning I was prepared for the awkward pronunciation and the strange emotions, all while being contrasted to the rest of the cast, because they're not native English speakers. That's perfectly fine -- they have to start somewhere, and this is definitely a lot farther than where they were a few years ago. That's not the problem.
The problem is that the plot is completely non-existent. From a literary point of view, basically what the movie does is it raises a lot of points, the Wonder Girls' "feud"/rivalry with the School Gyrls, Ye Eun's love interest with the DJ, hence "The DJ Is Mine", and them trying to adjust to America. But by the end of the movie, it's like all of the points were haphazardly tied back together. They were all kind of resolved by the end, with WG going on tour with the School Gyrls AND the DJ, but the events leading up to that were so half-hearted and sloppily done. And again, it's not because of the English.
You know the movie's bad when the best part of it is the random guy they threw in for comic relief - Mitchie! Honestly, he was the only reason why I watched the movie 'till the end, and his "comedic" antics probably contributed more to the plot than the WG feud. I mean look, be brought WG to the Apollo, he brought them to the club (it was Yoobin who got them in, but still), he drugged the guards with food, and he was the one who realized that the limo they were riding was going the wrong way.
Second, the DJ. Honestly, when I watched the movie, my first reaction to the DJ storyline was that it seemed like it was an afterthought. Like, so they got the song, "The DJ Is Mine", then someone thought it was a good idea to just slap it on the soundtrack, and make it somewhat a lead single, on the premise that the lyrics applied to the plot. Stupid decision, JYP, stupid decision. I actually liked the idea of Ye Eun/Yenny having a love interest, it adds a sense of rebellion I guess, what with the girls supposedly "concentrating" on their music. If they had developed this angle of the story more, honestly it would've been okay.
I think the main problem is that they were trying to do so many things at the same time, but were only given a limited amount of time, and yet they still tried to cram everything in. It's okay to be ambitious, and majority of the time it actually fosters creativity, but it's also important to work within your means. I know JYP wants a lot from WG, and they want to do everything too, but it's better to show a well-done, solid, but short movie, as opposed to a messy mumbo jumbo of a gazillion different things.
But what bothers me even more is the lack of music in the movie. I expected this to be at least half of a High School Musical, but what, we get two (three if you count "The DJ Is Mine" at the end) songs? One of which we've heard before? I mean that new song is gorgeous and I'm one of the many people dying to hear it in full, but for a movie about pop stars there isn't that much singing, or even dancing/production numbers. I was expecting a Yenny heartbreak song, and even just Yenny and Sunye belting out something with Angie Stone/Betty, even just a chorus or something. You'd think they'd capitalize on the fact that they actually got a hold of Angie Stone by making her sing.
And that confuses me as to what JYP wants the Wonder Girls to be in the US. The industry is different from Korea. It's not "better", it's different. So when you approach the US industry, one, you have to be sure of what you are, and two, you have to stick to it.
So, JYP, what is it, music or movies? You have to decide, people don't like waiting.