Friday, July 18, 2008

Mamma Mia!

Roma and I enjoyed our first evening of freedom by going to see Mamma Mia! the movie in DĂșn Laoghaire. We had seen the stage version at The Point a few years ago and both of us being fans of ABBA were looking forward to the movie.

I was told before hand that the beginning of the movie was a bit "cheesy" - this is not true, the whole movie is "cheesy"! But this is OK as it is intended to be this way. There is a lot of over-acting, and the storyline is of course ridiculous. But the music is what this is all about and it is fabulous. Benny and Bjorn make token appearances - watch out for them.

The movie suffers from poor lead characters - especially Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan. They are brilliant as actors in this, but their singing is not great - Brosnan especially looks uncomfortable with every note. I would have thought that it would have been easier to get singers who can act a bit rather than actors who can't sing. Kylie Minogue as Donna?

I feel this musical works far better on stage where there are professional singers who really belt out the ABBA songs. Nevertheless it is an enjoyable movie - Julie Walters steals the show for me. Go see it - a must for all ABBA and Mamma Mia! fans.

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