Thursday, January 1, 2009

I've been Mamma Mia-ed

I was very blase about seeing the movie Mamma Mia.  I mean, I like Abba alright, but I've never been a huge fan.  I figured I'd like it about as much as I like Abba--moderately well.

Poster Mamma Mia la pelicula by MyCine

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.

 Mamma Mia movie meryl streep jumping by nicolomanaloto_911

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?

15 comments:

Yunaleska said...

Not seen it, cos its not my thing. But really glad you enjoyed it!

PJ Hoover said...

I'll have to add it to my list! I've heard such great things about it!

Natalie said...

Not much of a musical person in general, but the previews looked beautiful. I may run into it eventually. Glad you enjoyed it!

lotusgirl said...

I love music so much that including it anywhere works for me. Somedays I randomly burst into song just like in a musical so it doesn't seem that unusual for people to do it on the big screen.

Karen said...

I loved it! But I love musicals in general. The tunes are catchy, just as they were when Abba sang them...I had forgotten about those songs until I saw the movie with Alyssa. And Meryl Streep! I am a huge fan anyway, but was amazed at the shape she is in, as well as the other older female co- stars. It gives me hope! haha.

lotusgirl said...

Karen, I can so totally see you jumping on the bed and carrying on like that when you're her age. You're in amazing shape girl!

peace, love, and rock&roll said...

I knew that you would love it!!! :D

Meryl Streep is phenomenal! I'm automatically a huge fan of anything she is in. haha. And I'm with you on when you said that you were in awe of her at several times. So was I! It's quickly become one of my new favorite movies!

lotusgirl said...

Indeed! Me too! I'm going to be ironing to it soon!

beth said...

I JUST saw this yesterday! How ironic!

I really liked it--and I kept wondering how they did it in the play version. I'd love to go see it on stage--the Greek scenary seemed like such a vital part of the movie, but I don't know how they did it on stage (I wish I could have ridden a donkey up an island mountain to the chapel!!!!!)

lotusgirl said...

yeah, no kidding! I'll have to let you know how they do it on the stage after we see it in Feb. Unless someone out there has already seen it on the stage and can let us know.

GutsyWriter said...

I loved the movie too, but if you want to be impressed with over 55-year-olds in Show Business, you have to see the YouTube video on my blog with the 85-year-old ShowGirl, who tap dances and has amazing legs. I saw the show in Palm Springs, California last week.
http://gutsywriter.blogspot.com/2009/01/so-much-to-say-what-do-you-want-to-hear.html

spinregina said...

Fine, I'll watch it. I watched enough of his movies over the holidays that its gotta be time for a chick flick.

lotusgirl said...

GutsyWriter, I'll have to check that out. Thanks for stopping by. It's nice to meet you.

Kristen, It's nice to hear from you again. I hope all your festivities went well. I'd say it is definitely your turn. You should make Jade watch too. Rick enjoyed it too. There was so much humor, and he knew all the songs because of Abba.

Lady Glamis said...

So glad you loved it! And you know what, the director didn't know those guys could sing, either. They were thrilled when they discovered how good they already were!

Even Darcy likes this movie. She loves singing and dancing. And my favorite scene is the Winner Takes it All Song. So good!

lotusgirl said...

Yea! Thanks for the rec. That's funny about the director. That song is so incredibly amazing I could just watch it over and over.