Friday, July 18, 2008
E and I descended upon the movie theatre -- our pastor's middle daughter happened to be in our row -- to see Mamma Mia! Hey, any movie starring Pierce Brosnan AND Colin Firth HAS to be good. And was it ever!
I mean, it's not Oscar material by any stretch. But it's good rockin' and rollin' fun, perfect summertime fare. Set on gorgeous Greek Isles that are the perfect setting for fun and romance, the songs all fit wonderfully well into the story being told of a daughter who isn't sure which of three men is her father so invites all three to her wedding without her mother's knowledge. Meryl Streep was wonderful, and Julie Walters (Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter films) was a hoot-and-a-half. Scene after scene melding one into another beautifully, and the dancing was professional but very loose -- fun and joyful, not pretentious. Pierce's voice was rather laughable, true, but it was campy ABBA 70's music all the way, baby. I was laughing until the tears ran -- several times. The final disco number during the closing credits with wild 70's costumes and eight-inch platforms worn by guys and girls was side-splittingly funny. (Were they able to pay Pierce and Colin enough to even think about wearing those costumes?????)
If you want some good fun (notice I didn't mention "clean," for it wasn't always clean....), plop yourself into a cool movie theatre on a hot afternoon, see Mamma Mia!, sing along to ABBA and laugh 'til you cry. It's the perfect summer fun movie. In fact, I want to see it again -- and E already bought the soundtrack at Walmart on our way out of the mall. So before the guys got home, "Dancing Queen" and "Mamma Mia" were being blasted throughout the house on E's boombox.
"Mamma Mia! Here we go again! My, my! How can I resist you?" Well, E and I sure couldn't!