Here I Go Again*

Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried, the stars of Mamma Mia!.

Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried, the stars of Mamma Mia!. Source: Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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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.



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I saw the traveling live production (a few months ago). Fun, but not worth seeing again. (And that cast COULD sing on pitch!)

Do I have this right?
A big budget (because of the big names) movie based on the play centered on an album from the '70s!
What a load of nostalgia to spend money on!
Are we STILL in a writers' strike? What's next? Kilroy (STIX) at the Paradise? Domo arigato, NOT!

Sent by Harold | 1:49 PM | 7-22-2008

Sure, the sea looked beautiful. Sure the costumes were frilly. But could Pierce Brosnan sing?!?!? whoever decided putting 007 in this movie with a major speaking part was in a whole 'nother state of loony than the rest of the cast/crew/song writers. I didn't know a movie could ruin ABBA songs. Mama Mia succeeded. But it looked pretty... that I agree with. I give it a "meh"-minus.

Sent by chelese | 2:47 PM | 7-22-2008

I know, Pierce's voice left something to be desired. I literally laughed out loud at the SOS song. (was that the horrible one?) It felt like Richard Gere in Chicago -- total miscast. Oh well. He and Colin were still yummy.

Sent by Ashley | 4:54 PM | 7-22-2008

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