Diary of an Ass Monkey (assmonkeydiary) wrote,
Diary of an Ass Monkey

  • Music:

Mamma Mia

K. and I watched Mamma Mia last night. As you likely know, it's the story of a young girl who invites the three men who might be her father to her wedding and it's set to the music of Abba. I'm not the biggest Abba fan, but I was surprised to see "Waterloo" shuffled off to the end credits and "Fernando" merely hummed. Still, "Dancing Queen" was done as the big number it should be and I was quite pleased to discover the dangerously catchy "Honey Honey," which I was previously unfamiliar with.

As jukebox musicals go, I thought the old songs held together pretty decently, although the song about wanting lots of money that introduced the bride's mother (Meryll Streep) seemed pretty far out of character even played as a joke. No one in the film really sings all that well except for the bride herself, played by Amanda Seyfried (Mean Girls and Veronica Mars). Everyone else gave karaoke-style renditions that more or less succeeded out of sheer enthusiasm and the innate energy of the songs. Even Christine Baranski, who I've heard sing before, sounded a bit off, but perhaps she was just holding back to match her co-stars. One of the biggest kicks for me was seeing Stellan Skarsgård, on furlough from Lars Von Trier tragedies, in something so cheerful and fluffy.

Tags: film, ink

  • more hospital talk

    Well, we got the good word that the lumps on K's niece were not cancer or leukemia, just a staph infection, which they were able to catch in time. If…

  • the weekend

    It's amazing how coming out of a heat wave can make an 89 degree day like today seem an ice cold paradise. Had some sweet bicycle riding the past 16…

  • thoughts about Inception (SPOILERS)

    So, I thought Inception was pretty great. I'm not going to bother discussing what it's about, like I normally do, because frankly if you haven't seen…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.