Monday, July 28, 2008

Mama Mia

Mama Mia- the musical with the simple plot and lots of ABBA songs put on film for posterity. It was beautiful scenery, not too much drama, some silly moments and fun to watch. Meryl Streep truly seems to have not done a thing to her face, and has let her body age rather gracefully, and for that I am personally happy. She comes across as very real. Her daughter, played by Amanda Seyfried, is bouncy and sincere with the best voice in all of it. The men playing the putative fathers are Colin Firth (too young for the role by 15 years), Stellan Skarsgard, and Pierce Brosnan (who is STILL younger than Streep and about as vocally talented as a pita wrap). Don't do the math- the daughter is 20 years old, the dads are younger than the mom (one ridiculously so), the plot depends heavily on the late 60s, early 70s hippy sleep around days, and it takes place in the present time or close to it because there is mention of starting a great web page for the inn. It is most disorienting in that regard, so just take a deep breath and let it go. And then they need to SHOOT the person who just HAD to put in that webpage reference. Probably a young person who has assumed that the internet has been there forever. Other than that, you can't ask for more fun just listening to music. It's like one long ABBA video. You will smile because you have to.