I will be the first to say that I love musicals, Thoroughly Modern Millie happens to be my favorite, so I'm not sure what happened here. Last night Kgordee and I had free tickets to a theater opening and we had a choice of about six movies, and the ones we hadn't already seen did not look interesting except Mamma Mia. As I had been wanting to see Mamma Mia, Kgordee was gracious enough to indulge me.
It's not that I completely regret seeing the movie, but I don't see the attraction it holds for so many. Maybe it would have been different if I had seen it with my sisters as I had intended to do, but this not being the case the experience was painful and awkward.
I think the most difficult part was the singing as you might imagine, but not every one's singing was hideous, when the younger set of actors broke out in random song it seemed a little more natural then say when Pierce Brosnan belted out what ever it was he sang. I am wondering what some of the actors and actresses were thinking when they signed up for this, "why yes, I can and I should sing ABBA* with smoldering eyes and yearning arms. "
I actually heard a few people say that Colin Firth was another person who should never dance in public, or at least for the public, but there wasn't a lot of that. However no one seemed to think it necessary to warn me that Meryl Streep would sing The Winner Takes It All (I am guessing this was suppose to be the bearing of her soul to the one she loved) with a lot of frustrating jazz hands and wacky head/body movements.
There were a lot of these moments that made me look over at Kgordee and give him the "I'm so sorry face". Like all the crotch grabbing, why, why, why with the crotch grabbing? Is that somehow the "rock n' roll" thing to do or a symbol of ones sexual Independence. Maybe someone else can explain this one to me.
I did like the set designs, the clothes the women wore and the extras were really great. In fact the extras were one of my favorite things about the show, as in most musicals they showed up at the right moment for zany antics and chorus lines. I do also have to admit that Meryl was very scrappy in her overalls and worn out tennis shoes.
I think a lot of people liked the movie, so what am I missing**?
*I have to say that I love ABBA, the songs were not the problem it was the delivery.
**Besides a soul.