I forget the last time I laughed as hard as I did when I watched Mamma Mia! The trailer was inviting enough but I tell you, the movie is just… AWESOME.

We all know that it’s a decades-old musical play based on the hit songs of Abba.  I think a growing trend nowadays (aside from the musical play adaptation trend) is the use of songs by revered groups in the 70s and 80s in film musicals, much like Across the Universe.  I think that’s a difficult but clever tactic, since not all songs of a certain group point toward a certain plot point.  Pulling it off nicely, therefore, is simply a stunning work of art.

And that’s how I’d describe Mamma Mia.  Unlike other musicals out there, it’s surprisingly aware of itself.  It’s not pretentious to assume that it’s a film based on a musical but instead, it sees itself and acknowledges that it is a stage musical and even plays around with that concept in the end (what with all the audience participation stuff, simply hilarious!).  It recognizes the presence of the audience and seemingly knows when the audience is laughing and pulls off some more humorous acts.

While the whole cast pulls off a stellar perfomance, the spotlight seemingly revolves around the character of Meryl Streep.  And with much emphasis on Streep, the expectations are overwhelmingly steep (pun intended).  Thank God Streep can be considered as the Swiss Army knife of acting, because she pulled it off really well!  I was laughing hysterically at all the funny antics of Donna and the Dynamos.  And you’ve got to peel your eyes off for that Dancing Queen sequence. I’m telling you, my tummy ached so much from too much laughing after watching it.

I think Meryl Streep is the perfect definition of an actress.  She can be vulnerable as Miss Dalloway on The Hours, mean and condescending as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, and funny as hell as Donna here in Mamma Mia.  Oh, you just have to love Meryl Streep!

I’m listening to the soundtrack right now and I just can’t help but picture the scenes again while listening to them sing timeless Abba songs.  I guess the merits of this genre is that it exposes the young ones to the golden ages of music by thinking of different ways for it to be appreciated.  After watching the movie, I gained a renewed respect for Abba and their songs, never mind that they weren’t of my generation.

Of course, I still long to see this one portrayed on stage.  I bet it rocks.  GO WATCH!  NOW! I’ma watch it again soon.  *giddy excitement*

6 Responses to “Oh my, Mamma Mia!”
  1. Jeff says:

    you already watched this! i’m sooooooooo envious, you lucky *toot*! hahaha

    ay naku jm, you’re such a sucker for musicals….i love it! first across the universe, then legally blonde: the musical, now this?

    i swear, if more straight men are like you, the world would be a LOT better and happier! 🙂

    ….and yes, Madame Meryl is LOVE! thanks for the “positive” review! (but shouldn’t this post be on your other blog?)

  2. JM says:

    @Jeff I’ve surrendered writing for that blog, haha. I can’t keep two blogs at once, it’s straining!

    In any case, I’ve long been a fan of musicals ever since naman, hehe. I just fancy the dynamics of the genre, so upbeat and imaginative! Haha.

    You must watch it, Jeff! Meryl Streep and her band of chuwariwaps will surely crack you up. =))

  3. Brian says:

    i loved every bit of it! i laughed as hard too!:))

  4. JM says:

    @Brian hahahaha I wanna see it again!!! =))

  5. jeenee says:

    it was a good movie. a so-so for me. i just had enjoyed the movie because i was with my friends and profs. 🙂

  6. paris turf says:

    Thank you for the tips. It helped me a lot.

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