Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Mama Mia!

Yes, I know it got bad reviews, but I don’t care. I love this movie.

I meant to go see it when it was in the theaters, but a couple of hurricanes and a looming book deadline got in the way. So during the holidays, Steve and I sat down to watch the DVD with my daughters. All four of us laughed so hard our stomachs hurt. To appreciate this, you need to understand that my daughters hate ABBA. I mean, they were virtually born hating ABBA. And they still loved this movie.

No, it’s not profound. And yes, it’s silly. That’s one of the things that makes it so much fun.

But the amazing thing is, that at one point—where the Meryl Streep character is helping her daughter dress for her wedding—I also cried. Not as in laughed-so-hard-I-cried, but cried because my heartstrings were tugged. Any time a movie can make me laugh and cry, it’s a keeper. I don’t buy many movies, but I bought this one.

So if you’re in need of a good laugh and you haven’t seen it, grab some popcorn. Just don’t forget to keep watching when the credits start to roll. I still smile at the image of “Mr. Darcy” strutting on stage in a priceless imitation of Elvis Presley.


Steve Malley said...

The one that gets me: 'Winner Takes it All', with Meryl and Pierce Brosnan.

Now you know my secret shame.

Charles Gramlich said...

I have a "very" hard time with musicals. But Lana might like it.

liz fenwick said...

I LOVE this movie too and I'm with both you and Steve. I have now seen it sooooo many times as dd, 9, and I'm not tired of it.

I now also have to listen to the sound track continuously but there is something 'freeing'about singing ABBA at the top of your lungs as you do the school run!

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cs harris said...

Ha, Steve; yeah, that one got me too.

Charles, you might enjoy it. This is a musical that pokes fun at musicals.

Liz, I want the soundtrack!

laughingwolf said...

i've heard nothing but good things about it here in the great white north, candy

i'll look into it, cuz both my daughters will likely love it...