Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Mamma Mia

This has to be one of the best movies I've ever seen. The bf took me on an impromptu date tonight, part of which was seeing this movie. I even leaned over during the movie and told him it was the best movie I'd ever seen.
Yes, it's cheesy at points. Yes, it had me crying I was laughing so hard at other points. I fell in love with ABBA music back in junior high/high school when A*Teens came out and redid a lot of their songs and mimicked their style. My mom loved ABBA, so she and I share that. I've loved Amanda Seyfried since her role in Veronica Mars. I think she was a perfect cast for this (of couse, admittedly having never seen the stage production) Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth were all wonderful too, and so was the rest of the cast.

I have to say, I'm loving this trend of putting musicals to the big screen. I know that some people are completely against it, but it's made me fall even further in love with Broadway shows, and in my opinion, brings amazing shows to people who otherwise would not have the opportunity to experience them. I mean, Phantom of the Opera? I saw the movie first and fell in love with it, though admittedly it was PHENOMENAL when I finally saw it on stage about a month ago. I had no clue what Hairspray was when I went to see it with my friend last summer, and completely fell in love with that. And how could I forget Rent? And now I've fallen in love with Mamma Mia. I swear, I need to go to New York again (finally) and just basically LIVE on Broadway for a few weeks and see EVERYTHING. Seriously.

I will warn you that this one does get a little cheesy and possibly even over the top at times...but come on, it's a musical. It's a comedy. It was absolutely wonderful. Also? I want to visit Greece...even more than when I watched Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Incidentally, I also want to see the newest movie of that. But really, though the first one was GREAT, read the books, they're even better...same with the newest version of Pride and Prejudice (the one with Keira Knightley), read the book, it's AMAZING. And if you have to go for a movie, block out some time for the A&E version with Colin Firth. It's about as true to the text as you can get, and hello...5 hours of watching Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy? Need I say more?

La-di-da....oh hey, there's my train of thought come round to pick me up. Mamma Mia was amazing. I can't wait for it to come out on dvd. I'm rather disappointed that my A*Teens cd is at home and not in my cd case down here. I should also borrow my mom's ABBA cd next time I'm home...I never did put it on my computer. Also, thank you so much to everyone for the prayers and warm wishes for my mom. She is doing a lot better, and I actually got to see her for a while on Sunday. (we had a half-birthday lunch for my Great-Grams) It was relieving to be able to see firsthand that she was doing alright. And I have it on good authority that my wonderful little Angel puppy is doing quite well.

Final aside, I've been kind of mia in the blog world recently. Work has been crazy and I've barely been home. We're all gearing up for the freshmen move-in and beginning of school. But I'm slowly catching up on my blog reader and will try to get back to posting more regularly.


EatPlayLove said...

I just saw it last week with a girlfriend. I was ready to hop on a plane to Greece after leaving the theater!

Jaina said...

I remember reading that. It just looks so beautiful there, I don't think I'd ever want to leave!

Gramma Ann said...

Hi Jaina,

I haven't seen the "Mamma Mia" movie yet, but heard such rave reviews. I will have to wait until it comes out on DVD, and then pick up a copy.

I love P&P also. Last week I taped the 1940 version, that was on TCM one day. I watch every version of it I can get my hands on. I also read the book and liked it as well.

It's been a while since I visited, I am glad to hear that your mother is feeling better. It always helps when we can visit our loved ones and talk to them face-to-face. Then we really know what's going on in their life.

I also love "Musicals" I grew up in
the era when they were big box office. I love when TCM has a day of the old "Musicals" I don't get any work done on those days. Enough rambling~~~~Have a nice and busy week.


Jaina said...

Gramma Ann- Nice to see you! I hope you enjoy Mamma Mia when you see it. I'm the same way with watching various version of Pride and Prejudice, though the Colin Firth A&E version has become my favorite. I didn't know TCM had musical days...that could be seriously dangerous for me. I hope your week is going well!

ConverseMomma said...

I love musicals. I grew up on movie versions of them. I can not wait to go see this in the theater. Your blog looks great, btw. Sorry I've been away so long. Just trying to work out my myraid of issues. Blah!

April said...

I don't know what it is, but I just can't get into the musical movies! HOWEVER that being said, I'm DYING ot see all of those Broadway plays you mentioned! I love plays!

Also, my ex-BF is half Greek and said he would take me to Greece someday. Sadly, we broke up before that happened. Damn!

Jaina said...

ConverseMama-You'll have to let me know how you like it! I can't wait to see it again or to get it on DVD.
And thanks, welcome back :)

April-There's definitely something special, magical almost, about going to a Broadway show (I'd like to say "whether you like musicals or not", but I like them, so I don't know if it's entirely true) I'm sorry you didn't get to Greece before. Maybe you and Big D can take a trip over there sometime soon. That would be even better I'm sure. :)

Trooper Thorn said...

I loved it too. Every song I said "That's my favorite ABBA song." Then the next one would begin and I'd say 'No, that's my favorite ABBA song."

Jaina said...

Trooper-Haha, I know what you mean, it was SO awesome! I can't wait for it to come to dvd. I really need to get the soundtrack too.