I was so psyched about seeing this movie, but then too lazy to blog about it ... ;-)
Two down, seven to go, anyway.
I saw this on August 18th with my friends Anéa and Findabair. It was a singalong screening, or at least was supposed to be ... but the subtitles were exlusively in Norwegian so IMO that kind of defeated the purpose. I mean, the subtitles were great. Totally above and beyond anything I'd expect from movie subtitling in this country. You could sing the Norwegian lyrics, totally. But the songs were in English. We mostly don't dub movies here. So I'm sure a lot of people there felt it would be somewhat weird & awkward to sing in Norwegian. Not a lot of people did any singing, at least. For whatever reason. I knew all the English lyrics by heart, but I can't sing. :-) ... or :-(
This was an entertaining and well crafted movie, for its genre. Obviously the characters weren't very intelligent and behaved very strangely. But that comes with the territory. You've just got to accept what kind of movie this is - it's a musical and that does mean, to some extent, check your brain at the door. It also means that the actors have to do certain things, behave in certain ways ... it was borderline embarrassing (ahem) at times to see Meryl Streep squirming and rolling around and generally acting like she was either 5 years old or mentally retarded. But that's the genre. You pays your money, you makes your choice.
The music of course was fantastic. Goes without saying. Everyone except the three dads did a great job singing. Amanda Seyfried was impressive, she should have a fine career ahead of her. Meryl Streep was amazing; she has a wonderful singing voice and she put soo much emotion into her songs. Slipping Through My Fingers was especially moving. That was a lovely scene in itself, too. All the songs were excellently produced, and the majority well performed. Obviously, you can only see this movie if you are an ABBA fan or at least like their music. Otherwise you'll just be torturing yourself. But for those of us who are able to appreciate the genius of Björn & Benny, this is, in terms of the music, pretty much heaven.
The plot is extremely simple, but that's how it goes. The twists are obvious and any reasonably intelligent viewer should be able to spot them coming a mile off. (But really, what do you expect.) The choreography is extremely professional, and very well performed. The setting is wonderful - who doesn't love a little Greek island. ;-) A lot of great characters - maybe the supporting characters especially were very charming. Old local ladies, &c. :-) Some really good performances. And, of course - Colin Firth. Mmm, Colin Firth ...
A tip: Do NOT rush out or push the off button* as soon as the credits start rolling - you'll be missing something great. ;-)
*This movie should probably not be watched at home, though. Typical big screen only fare.
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