One of my nieces is totally in love with it--you might even say obsessed--and tried to convince me to take a look. I kept planning to get to it. Then my husband and I got tickets to the Broadway traveling show version for February, and I figured I'd wait and watch the movie after we saw the live show. No biggie! No rush! Then another friend watched it and was instantly just as hooked as my niece. Well, hmm! Fine! I figured I should just go ahead and watch it. I caved, and New Year's Eve was the day.
What can I say? I totally lost all my blase-ness!
Wow!! There is seriously good reason why Meryl Streep has received more nominations than you could shake a stick at and has won 2 academy awards and 6 golden globes.
Everyone in the movie was great, but, for me, she totally stole the show. Look at her. She's 59 and jumping on the bed like that among many other things I was amazed she could still do. In fact, at several points I was in complete and utter awe of her. When she sang "The Winner Takes It All," I had chills and tears, and at the end of the movie I had to immediately go back and watch that scene again and I had chills and tears again. Who knew she could sing like that? and act like that while she's singing like that? Holy cow! A! maz! ing!
I laughed hard, and I cried, and then I laughed again and again. The all-star cast was a surprise for me, especially Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth. Who knew they could sing? and dance? Seeing Colin Firth dance at the end--I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. You have to watch all the way through to the very end. It's like your reward for watching the credits. Julie Walters was also a show thief! (Go Mrs. Weasley!)
The music was fun and surprising and was perfectly woven through the storyline. There were songs I had totally forgotten that Abba did.
On top of everything else, that gorgeous scenery in Greece is breathtaking--show stealer extraordinaire!
There you have it. I have now been Mamma Mia-ed! Thanks Alyssa! Thanks Michelle! Thanks Meryl and Pierce and Colin and Julie and Stellan and Amanda and Dominic and Christine and the stags and hens... Thank you all for some seriously entertaining entertainment!
Anybody else seen it? What did you think?