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Friday, July 25, 2008

Sunday 20 July - Mamma Mia!

Ruairidh hit sixteen today and requested a trip to see the film version of Mamma Mia! (That's my boy!) It came as no surprise: all the Saunders family have seen the stage version twice, once in London and once in Edinburgh, while some have seen it three times. The film didn't disappoint. No, Piers Brosnan can't sing very well, but Colin Firth's dancing isn't as bad as it's been made out, and he manages his solo numbers very adroitly. Musical arrangements are by Benny and Bjorn, and make use of plenty of the original Abba backing musicians. (As well as of Benny and Bjorn themselves, each of whom has a tiny cameo on the film .) There are some differences from the stage version in the musical numbers: no One Of Us, no Under Attack; but we get When All Is Said And Done instead, Persephone's unfavourite rhyme and all. The cast throw themselves into the song and dance routines with huge enthusiasm. Meryl Streep sings and dances wonderfully. The scenery is marvellous. And Amanda Seyfried as Sophie is perfection.

3 Comments:

At 25 July, 2008 15:41, Blogger J.J said...

I loved it too!

 
At 25 July, 2008 23:51, Blogger Persephone said...

I understand that Name of the Game and Knowing Me and Knowing You (uh-huh) were left out because they "didn't advance the story line". Too bad. Those are the the two ABBA songs I rather like (apart from the tune to All is Said and Done and the harmonies in Angel Eyes). Therefore, even with the lure of Colin F-f-f-f-irth, I don't know if I will be tempted into the cinema.

 
At 26 July, 2008 23:23, Blogger Rob said...

Well, Meryl Streep does an excellent job on Slipping Through My Fingers. Actually I was slightly surprised to find my self being more impressed by Streep than by Christine Baranski or Julie Walters, good though they are in their rsther more one-dimensional parts. Though I may be being unfair on Baranski, who gives Does Your Mother Know? (her one solo) a good seeing-to: howver, that number suffers in the film from Pepper's character (and infatuation with Tanya) having not been properly set up beforehand, and by my having seen the same phenomenally good Tanya
both times I saw the stage version - and she set the bar very high indeed for DYMK.

 

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