Friday, July 18, 2008

digging the dancing queen


I'm one of the millions of moviegoers who scrambled to get tickets to one of tonight's showings of The Dark Knight, but just for a minute, let's remember that there's another really cool movie opening today: Mamma Mia.

Mamma Mia, starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan [ooh la la] and Amanda Seyfried, is based on the big-hit Broadway musical based on some of ABBA's biggest hits. Now. I have to confess that I have a serious soft spot for ABBA. I let my friend in on my little secret and her jaw hit the floor--"you're kidding, right?" I kid you not. A little cheese goes a long way to brighten up your day. I heart ABBA. I'm listening to Gold, their greatest hits collection, right now. How can you deny the catchiness of 'Dancing Queen' and [duh] 'Mamma Mia'? This is the stuff of karaoke gold.

The premise of what I imagine will be a feel-good cheesefest is Sophie's getting married but *gasp* she doesn't know who her father is, and neither does her mother! She goes on a quest to find daddy dearest so he can give her away to her future husband. Hilarity and big musical numbers ensue.

I'd really like to see Mamma Mia! on Broadway. I hear it's amazing; it should be, seeing as how it was nominated for a Best Musical Tony and has gotten a bunch of great reviews. One of my old classmates told me that his overzealous Jamaican parents actually danced in the aisles during the show. Hopefully the movie's as good. Rotten Tomatoes has a lot of reviews saying the only thing that saves the movie is Meryl Streep but I'm hoping it's just art snobbery and cynicism getting in the way of what will be a rocking good time. I'll hopefully see it next weekend but in the meantime, look for a review of The Dark Knight.

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