Mamma Mia movie!

Katarina (Norway)
Katarina (Norway)

July 12th, 2008, 5:33 pm #1

I saw it in the cinema today, and I LOVED it!!!!
I hope i get to see the upcoming stage production in Oslo, Norway, in 2009!
http://www.mammamiathemusical.no/

- Katarina -
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Broadway Fan
Broadway Fan

July 12th, 2008, 7:36 pm #2

I seen the movie on Thursday and expected so much more from it. It was very awkward. That is the only way I can describe it.
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Dina
Dina

July 12th, 2008, 7:59 pm #3

In what way? I haven't seen it yet but I am dying to know what others think! I am a huge fan of the show and have seen it 5 or 6 times.
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Morgan
Morgan

July 12th, 2008, 8:06 pm #4

I'm seeing the B'way show in 2 weeks for my 4th time. It's a play you either love or hate. Personally, I love it - when it's cast right!
I am not overly anxious to see the movie. As good of an actress as Meryl Streep is, I don't want to listen to her sing.
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Broadway Fan
Broadway Fan

July 12th, 2008, 8:24 pm #5

Meryl Streep is a good singer, but I don't think she is right in this part. Some of the musical scenes were quite awkward. The winner takes it all especially. Some of the camera shots, the acting, and the dancing especially didn't seem to work. Maybe for a high school show though. I have not seen the stage show yet, but in the movie, some of the songs didn't seem to fit with what was happening. Songs that were written for the show were fine and worked in the movie, but some of the abba songs didn't work at all.
I expected a lot from this movie, but left very disappointed.
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Dina
Dina

July 12th, 2008, 9:05 pm #6

I'm seeing the B'way show in 2 weeks for my 4th time. It's a play you either love or hate. Personally, I love it - when it's cast right!
I am not overly anxious to see the movie. As good of an actress as Meryl Streep is, I don't want to listen to her sing.
I like Meryl as an actress very much, but as I think I mentioned a little while back, I think she was miscast for this role. She just doesn't seem beleivable to me as a woman in her early 40s....just my opinion.
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Broadway Fan
Broadway Fan

July 12th, 2008, 9:08 pm #7

I like Meryl, but in this movie, I couldn't like her. I did however love both her friends, played by Christine Baranski and Julie Walters. I have been a fan of Christine for years and I didn't know how good a singer she was.
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Eliza
Eliza

July 12th, 2008, 9:13 pm #8

Meryl Streep is a good singer, but I don't think she is right in this part. Some of the musical scenes were quite awkward. The winner takes it all especially. Some of the camera shots, the acting, and the dancing especially didn't seem to work. Maybe for a high school show though. I have not seen the stage show yet, but in the movie, some of the songs didn't seem to fit with what was happening. Songs that were written for the show were fine and worked in the movie, but some of the abba songs didn't work at all.
I expected a lot from this movie, but left very disappointed.
I love me some ABBA ("Dancing Queen" is totally my karaoke song), but I really did not like this movie at all.

I saw a free preview screening of it a few weeks ago and expected to really enjoy it (had a blast at a Hairspray screening last year), but I was very disappointed. I thought the musical performances were great, and the scenery is gorgeous, but the book is just so awful. If you like the stage play, I'd imagine you may also enjoy the movie (as I think it's nearly identical?), but I just couldn't stand it.

And, while people may not like what was done with Sweeney Todd for the film, Tim Burton (and Stephen Sondheim!) at least recognized that film is a very different medium from the stage, and the musical was adapted based on this. I have been a huge Phyllida Lloyd fan since I took a workshop with her when I was an undergrad, but I think that this movie may have benefited from someone with more film experience, as it seemed like it was simply the stage play set in a prettier setting. Perhaps it would have worked better with a different director. But, I've never seen the show on stage, and, ultimately, I think I probably just can't get beyond the ridiculous book of the musical.

I did think almost all of the performers were wonderful. I was very impressed that Meryl Streep could deliver some of those lines with a straight face, like she totally bought into this as a film. THAT is some good acting. Julie Walters was fabulous, and I really enjoyed Amanda Seyfried's performance. The guys, meh. I loved the performances done during the closing credits, and I think I probably would have enjoyed the movie a lot if it were just an ABBA revue rather than something that supposedly had a plot.
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Katarina (Norway)
Katarina (Norway)

July 13th, 2008, 2:16 am #9

I saw it in the cinema today, and I LOVED it!!!!
I hope i get to see the upcoming stage production in Oslo, Norway, in 2009!
http://www.mammamiathemusical.no/

- Katarina -
I've never seen the musical on stage, so I have nothing to compare it with. I LOVE ABBAs songs, and I really got a kick out of the big numbers. I think Meryl Streep was ok! I was a bit sceptical after seeing the trailer, but she impressed me actually. I think the girl playing Sophie was really good too, I didn't expect her to be so natural and such a good singer. The guys were weird in my eyes too, and especially Pierce Brosnan. MISCAST! But the whole cinema was laughing though! =) A fun feel-good movie that I will buy as soon as it comes on DVD!!

GO ABBA AND SCANDINAVIA!!

- Katarina -
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Morgan
Morgan

July 13th, 2008, 10:19 am #10

Does anyone think they'll ever release "Annie" out on the big screen. If they're casting big names, how about Dakota Fanning as the lead. She's probably a little too old now, but I think she does have a younger sister who has the same sparkle in her eyes. Just a thought - since movie musicals seems to be the trend.
And, how about Meryl Streep as Miss Hannigan? - LOL
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