Thursday, July 10, 2008

Mamma Mia !

I had intended to write something about the political leaders of Iran, America and Israel, and how they have the power to blow us all up.

But - to HELL with that!!

We can have a little chat about those no-hope, loser, egomaniacs [and their beige entourage] another day.

Because today belongs to the music of Abba, Mamma Mia the Movie, and its incredible star-studded cast!

I can't recommend this wonderful movie highly enough.

If you don't like Abba's music or don't know who I'm talking about, stop reading now!

In fact - don't ever read my blog again! ...Ever!
Who let you in here anyway?!
Of all the cheek! ... how very double-dare you!

However, if you grew up with the music of Abba...
If you secretly danced to it in your bedroom...

If you have ever enjoyed the sea or the sun...

If your life would benefit from a few hours of cinema filled to the brim with life, light and pure joy...

This is the movie for you.

Mamma Mia the Movie is based on the stage musical.
The story is uplifting and the songs are the best of Abba, performed by a stellar cast as you've never seen them before.

The film is breath-takingly shot on a Greek island paradise and features Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, and Julie Walters, to name but a few, all acting and singing their socks off.

As far as I can tell, they sang the roles themselves and their acting is beyond compare!

Almost no other actors could have pulled it off. They are completely believable in the parts.

This movie, therefore, is elevated far above the level of froth and mere entertainment you might expect from it.

Granted - there is an element of Hollywood meets Bollywood.

But just take Meryl Streep, for example. Even while singing an old Abba song, her acting can still move you to tears.

You'll laugh and you'll cry during Mamma Mia... you might even sing a bit too.

I could have passed away peacefully during the Dancing Queen number. Another glorious highlight was Julie Walters singing the opening lines of Take a Chance on Me.
Actually, there isn't a single weak point or cast member in the whole thing. They looked like they were having the time of their lives in front of those cameras [and behind them].

Don't leave before the end of the end credits [hint hint].

As I left the cinema, my eyes sore from the glare of the grey afternoon skies, the rain driving into my face,
I thought to myself -
'I am SO not blogging about those US and Middle-Eastern small-minded gloomy pusses!'

As one stupendously profound Abba lyric inquires...

Without a song or a dance, what are we?

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