The Movie References In Fifth Harmony’s "That's My Girl" Video Are Seriously Hard To Ignore — VIDEO
In recent years, Hollywood has been providing us with a number of strong female characters as main or leading characters that women can feel proud to call their idols. With the help of young adult novels and record-breaking numbers at the box office, ladies have been unstoppable in battles on the big-screen, both dystopian and otherworldly. And that's why it's no surprise to see that the five-girl group, Fifth Harmony, modeled the "That's My Girl" music video after our favorite movie heroines. Considering the song's empowering lyrics, the fact that the group chose to make everything from the music video's set design to their choreography a reflection of confidence and badassery is everything. And the fact that they gave it some dystopian franchise flavor only makes me love this song and music video even more.
In the music video, Camila Cabello, Lauren Jauregui, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, and Ally Brooke are seen strutting through what appears to be a desert-like, dystopian city as they fight alongside the women around them to rebuild what's been lost. However, through the use of their outfits and their attitudes, the members of Fifth Harmony and the actors within the music video also happen to be telling a much larger story: as in, all of the stories of the popular heroines movie-goers are already familiar with, blended together into one epic.
Here are the movie references you can spot in the "That's My Girl" music video.
1. The Hunger Games
When speaking of dystopian worlds and strong female characters, one of the first to come to mind has to be Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence). Fifth Harmony was sure to throw in some Hunger Games references in the form of the green jacket Normani is seen wearing and the red flags that may give fans some serious flashbacks to the reign of the Capitol. These girls could very well be overthrowing the Capitol.
2. The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Doesn't the backdrop of this music video look kind of familiar? Sure, all Hollywood-made dystopian cities tend to look similar, but this location is looking almost identical to the war-torn city of Chicago featured in the Divergent films. It's not just the buildings themselves that made me expect to see an appearance from Shailene Woodley's Tris. With all of the disheveled citizens wandering around, I'm having some flashbacks to the Factionless as well.
3. The 5th Wave
The 5th Wave obviously doesn't have the same abandoned desert feel to it as some of the other movies might. However, that doesn't means that the music video is lacking a comparison to the Chloe Grace Moretz movie. The notion that a war is still going on is one similarity that can be drawn between the music video and the film. With helicopters circling overhead and the newly crashed cars, perhaps the next wave of this dystopia is the alien invasion.
4. Mad Max: Fury Road
No, this is not a shot of Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road. But, from the looks of this actor's short blonde hair, goggles, and futuristic attire, it could very well be a young Imperator Furiosa. Now add to that the desert setting, the broken down cars, and even the outfits the girls are wearing. With Fifth Harmony looking like the Five Wives, this music video is basically Mad Max fanfiction.
5. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
The silver block font that reveals the title of the music video is looking awfully similar to the title screen and font used in the Maze Runner films. Teresa (played by Kaya Scodelario) and Brenda (played by Rosa Salazar) bring the female strength to the film franchise, and Fifth Harmony alludes to those heroes in the music video via both the landscape they're surviving in (with the indoor shots featuring the bricks of the building) and the outfits the girls wore (when Fifth Harmony is seen dancing in their black leather jackets).
6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The main outfits the girls wear can be compared to those in Mad Max: Fury Road. However, if I had to compare their costumes to that of one female heroine, it would be Rey. Thanks to the white cloth costumes, the top of the girl's outfits and the material the outfits are made of resemble Rey's. Plus, Rey could totally get those dance moves down.
Fifth Harmony, for future music videos, please keep the film references coming. That's my girls.