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This Week's Movie Selection...Mamma Mia! 2008 (Musical)
Wiki ^ | 3.31.2012 | Self

Posted on 03/31/2012 11:28:26 PM PDT by Razzz42

The casting of actors not noted for their singing abilities led to some mixed reviews. Variety stated that "some stars, especially the bouncy and rejuvenated Streep, seem better suited for musical comedy than others, including Brosnan and Skarsgård."[21] Brosnan, especially, was savaged by many critics: his singing was compared to "a water buffalo" (New York Magazine),[22] "a donkey braying" (The Philadelphia Inquirer)[23] and "a wounded raccoon" (The Miami Herald),[24] and Matt Brunson of Creative Loafing Charlotte said he "looks physically pained choking out the lyrics, as if he's being subjected to a prostate exam just outside of the camera's eye."[25]

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: blockbuster; musical
Who cares? It made lots of money worldwide.
1 posted on 03/31/2012 11:28:32 PM PDT by Razzz42
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To: Razzz42

My theory about this movie disaster is that everybody thought: “heck, Meryl’s doing it so it can’t be THAT bad...” It was. It is possibly one of the worst movies ever made.


2 posted on 03/31/2012 11:45:13 PM PDT by golux
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To: Razzz42
I enjoyed the heck out of it, one of the better comedies to come along; for all the reasons listed in the original article.

The chorus of Greek peasants alone was worth the price of admission.

Not to mention that Brosnan's character talked the proper heiress into sailing off into the sunset while he got the lady, the island, and a pretty cushy life for himself.

3 posted on 04/01/2012 12:05:13 AM PDT by norton
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To: Razzz42
Interesting.
This is my wifes' favorite movie. She really likes the music and happiness in the movie.

She just watched it again this afternoon.
4 posted on 04/01/2012 12:33:43 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Tainan

Don’t take her to a production of Chess. Same Abba dudes, but morose. (As was some of Bjorn and Benny’s later pop music)


5 posted on 04/01/2012 1:05:21 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Razzz42

Without a doubt, this was a chic-flick. Streep had more or less a cameo role...no real acting involved. I dread having to sit through that again.


6 posted on 04/01/2012 3:26:00 AM PDT by ransacked
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To: norton

No accounting for taste.


7 posted on 04/01/2012 5:13:46 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Razzz42

I stumbled on to it on TV and watch, briefly, before running from the room screaming.

Good Grief. I would rather have prostate surgery through my nasal passages than watch the whole thing.


8 posted on 04/01/2012 5:22:42 AM PDT by Lucas McCain (Santorum sucks)
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To: Razzz42

Not a good movie. Streep was dreadfully miscast, IMO.

It’s a good story and funny, but skip the movie and go see it live on stage, if possible.

Vegas had a good stage version of it running several years back.

Music is all by ABBA and it’s fun.


9 posted on 04/01/2012 5:53:22 AM PDT by randita
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To: Razzz42

As an aside, I stumbled on “Memphis” (musical) on Netflix recently. It was a videotaped stage production. Great singing and dancing. Thoroughly enjoyable.


10 posted on 04/01/2012 5:55:10 AM PDT by randita
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To: Razzz42

After seeing it live as a play 3 times with people who could act and most importantly sing, I found this move to be horrendous.

If I were any of the actors/singers in this movie I would be embarrassed to show my face in public but I have noticed recently embarrassment seems to have been eliminated from the DNA of Hollywierd types and politicians.


11 posted on 04/01/2012 6:13:49 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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To: Razzz42

Always like Abba music, but to listen to Brosnan croak through the couple of songs is unbearable. Streep like-wise. Did think the Greek choir reference was funny. Had a homo message in it, too. Blah.

Saw it once, that was enough.


12 posted on 04/01/2012 6:44:58 AM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: Thorliveshere
Always like Abba music, but to listen to Brosnan croak through the couple of songs is unbearable. Streep like-wise.

Colin Firth played a wimpy sissy boy who sang terribly, played an acoustic guitar and had the nickname Headbanger????

All in all an incredibly stupid movie but had some nice scenery.

13 posted on 04/01/2012 7:00:09 AM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Razzz42
A dear departed buddy and I went on one of many weekend drunks back in the 70s and Mamma Mia was the theme song. The things you remember.
14 posted on 04/01/2012 7:02:13 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: randita
Vegas had a good stage version of it running several years back.I liked the Vegas stage version better. More attractive sisters in it, too.
15 posted on 04/01/2012 7:11:19 AM PDT by Stepan12
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To: Tainan
I'm with your wife on this one. I loved it since it was beautifully filmed, fun, and a '10' on the dance meter. I do agree at first it was painfully uncomfortable to watch Brosnan sing, but he still is a looker.

It's a musical, not heavy drama - pure escapism.

16 posted on 04/01/2012 7:48:06 AM PDT by gramho12
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To: golux

Hard to believe as it may be, I didn’t know this movie was a musical, because I paid little attention to what was said about it. So a few months ago, Directv was offering a free week of some movie channel, and “Mamma Mia” came on. I watched a little, and then all of a sudden Meryl Streep started singing. No matter how good the story might be, when actors start breaking out into song, it turns ridiculous for me.


17 posted on 04/01/2012 8:35:20 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: golux

I enjoy the music of ABBA but that movie was BAD! I had to leave the room, it was so bad.

And I like musicals.


18 posted on 04/01/2012 8:49:31 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Razzz42

They could have used this movie at Gitmo instead of waterboarding. The problem would be that Amnesty International would have probably insist on Nuremberg trials for those responsible...


19 posted on 04/01/2012 9:18:56 AM PDT by LouD (I stand with Scott Walker)
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To: gramho12
Well, I dl'd the soundtrack and put it on a flash drive for her. This morning (Mon 02 Apr) she had it playing...rather loudly...lol.

Your review is exactly the same as her opinion of the film..."Hey...007 sure sings bad..hee hee hee!"
20 posted on 04/01/2012 4:59:23 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I totally agree. You would get more enjoyment from listening to an ABBA disc than watching this mess. I was shocked when I read how many HUNDREDS of millions of dollars this movie made.

I also enjoy musicals. You can usually tell if it is a good musical by the quality of the first song-—good examples being “The Sound of Music”, “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” from My Fair Lady, “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast, and many more. When I heard Amanda Seyfried’s opening number (it was so bad I don’t remember the song) I knew this movie would be a turkey.


21 posted on 04/02/2012 1:00:00 AM PDT by dupree
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