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Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried, the stars of Mamma Mia!.
Who else has "Mamma Mia!" stuck in their head? All weekend it's been, "Mamma Mia, here I go again. My, my, how can I resist you?" Superb marketing campaign — the trailers were incessant. Even Habib, the check-in clerk at the airport, was humming the tune aloud. Well, resist her I couldn't. I finally caved on Sunday afternoon — once I learned my plane back to DC had been delayed 8 hours — and took my mom to go see it. I love Hollywood renditions of stage musicals — they're the perfect opportunity to indulge in unabashed corniness.** Every time Meryl broke into song, the audience in the theatre started singing along and clapping rhythmically (I'd be remiss if I didn't report that the Valley crowd is more than a little tone-deaf. Beware.) At first I cringed, but ultimately decided to let go and embrace the magic. And magical it was. The movie as a whole was kinda "meh,"*** but you can't dismiss the splendor of the costume and set design. I want Ann Roth to design my wedding, that's all I'm sayin. All in all, I'd say it was good family fun. Have you seen Mamma Mia! yet? Give us your review.
*No, it's not Whitesnake. It's ABBA!!!
**And, as Kate put it so eloquently with her enviable British accent in The Holiday, "I'm looking for corny in my life."
***That's my technical term for mediocre, so-so, not-the-best-movie-ever-but-not-The-Postman-either.