As a birthday gift to me, Mark generously said he would watch any girly movie I wanted. So we rented Mamma Mia.
Just in case you don’t know the premise, this musical about a girl trying to find her father before her wedding is based on songs by ABBA and until recently was a stage production. Both Amber and Smitty have seen it on stage and enjoyed it, so I had high hopes for the movie version. Plus, it stars Meryl Streep, and she’s pretty much fantastic in everything.
I was not disappointed. Mamma Mia was great! I told Mark it was like a Disney cartoon for grown-ups – it was pretty and magical and fun.
My favorite part was the friendships portrayed by the two generations of women in the movie. Meryl Streep’s character, a single mother, is reunited with her two best friends from younger days, and Amanda Seyfried’s character, a young woman about to marry, has her two best friends by her side as bridesmaids. The two trios love each other with abandon and sincerity, supporting the main characters when they face difficult decisions and their repercussions – and also just plain having silly, girly fun!
I love that…I want that…I need that.
My least favorite part of the movie was poor Pierce Brosnan’s singing. He was wretched, and all I’ve heard is the final product. I can’t imagine how he sounded before coaching and rehearsal and any digital enhancing!
Another part of the movie I liked was the Greek chorus. During several songs, random people around the main characters would join in the singing or step in as backup vocals. A couple times, the main characters looked at them strangely, as if to say, “What the…? Oh, it’s the Greek chorus. Okay.”
All in all, this movie was a lot of fun. I agree with my mom, who said it’s a “feel-good movie,” and I say rent this one today. Just don’t turn it off after the final scene – the credits are just an extension of the movie with more singing, dancing and fun!
What are your favorite movies about friendship?
meryl streep is a brilliant actress. guess i’ll have to see it now too.
luckily, for me, brent loves chick flicks. hes weird. he also loves horror movies. he aint right. but you knew that already.
Since Pierce is my one and only ever heart throb……I think maybe I could just look at him and wear ear plugs………..lol
I’ll have to see it too. :) I agree that Meryl Streep is good, although I’m kind of wondering why they didn’t get someone else for Pierce Brosnan’s role (no offense to him or ozjane:).
But why am I having such a hard time thinking of movies about friendship??
My security word is “boxeming” — I wonder what it means to “boxem”?
Ok, I agree with Tam and chelleybutton that Meryl Streep is a very good actress, but, I do not like musicals and so I’m positive I won’t be seeing this one. Sorry, just cannot handle watching a movie and then the story comes to a screeching halt while they all sing and dance. Super frustrating for me!
And, just like chelleybutton said, I too, am having trouble thinking of friendship movies, except Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Loved that and I need to rent the sequel.
hmmm…maybe this was a hard question! The only movie springing to mind right now is Beaches. And I haven’t seen that one b/c I know it will be too sad. But I’m sure there are good friend movies out there…
I haven’t seen Beaches either! I thought I was the only one! I also haven’t seen the ‘Sisterhood’ movies or Steel Magnolias (or is that about friendship? It looks like a chick flick anyway;) or Waiting to Exhale… I must prefer the romantic/romantic-comedy type chick flicks. ;)
I’ve seen the first Sisterhood movie and want to rent the second one. And Steel Magnolias is a GREAT friendship movie, Chelley! Good one!
Brenda – I can’t believe you don’t like musicals! Have you seen Dreamgirls? I didn’t realize it was an actual musical until I saw it, and since I was expecting it I was really annoyed. In general, though, I’m a musical fan.
i was gonna rent this tonight, but the red box closest to my house was out or order :(
How sad! I’ve never seen one out of order!
I’ve seen several out of order. But we use Redbox a lot. So, the proportion of not working boxes isn’t as high as I just made it sound.