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It's the cheesiest! - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
It's the cheesiest!
I went to Momma Mia with some friends from work this afternoon.

Any attempt to take this movie seriously will make you crazy, so don't bother. It's ABBA songs strung together into a loose plot... what's it going to be, A Midsummer Night's Dream?

But it has James Bond and an Oscar winner wearing shiny, bell-bottomed, v-necked, polyester jumpsuits. With sequins. No other movie this year will offer you that. One cannot argue with the sequins.
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daksian From: daksian Date: July 20th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Besides the obvious lack of desire for a guy to see such an in-your-face chick flick, I couldn't bear to watch this one because it would forever destroy my mental image of James Bond. Brosnan was the best Bond of all, I think...and to see him sing and dance...

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 20th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Would it help if I promise that he does it very badly? ;p
daksian From: daksian Date: July 20th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Surprisingly, yes, that does help. ;)
koloagirl From: koloagirl Date: July 26th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here via tunxeh's rec -- Brosnan in spandex really seems no worse to me than Brosnan in a giant full-body shrimp suit playing "James Prawn," with a nearby Muppet singing "Pierce Brosnan!!" to replace the lyrics to "Goldfinger."
anna_in_the_sky From: anna_in_the_sky Date: July 20th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Plus, isn't the movie a rather long commercial to vacationing in Greece? ;-)
author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: July 20th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really liked the movie, but I agree that "it's the cheesiest" and "loose plot" are very good ways to describe it. The only surprise was that we never do find out who the father is. The lack of communication actually got frustrating at some point.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 21st, 2008 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I just chose to pay no attention to the plot. ;p
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: July 20th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)



so velvetta so good!

It also proves that there is nothing Colin Firth can do to make me not love him... :)
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satakieli From: satakieli Date: July 21st, 2008 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
And Sirius being a smashingly good actor, too.

Harry Potter was the first thing I ever saw Gary Oldman in, and I couldn't tell whether he was woefully miscast, a really bad actor, or just had a completely different interpretation of Sirius than I did. Now I am older and wiser and realize that it was number three... (though he was and is too old for the part, so a bit of one as well)

Because, as you all already knew but I did not, Gary Oldman is awesome. Particularly in The Contender.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 21st, 2008 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)
All of the Marauders were too old. Sheesh, the oldest two die at around 38.
From: _kneebiter Date: July 21st, 2008 05:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, and how old is Alan Rickman? Practically the only person who wasn't cast too old was Dumbledore.
beceh From: beceh Date: July 23rd, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's always bugged me. From the first movie with Lily and James. We knew they were young even then, and now we know they were only 21 when they were killed....and the guy who plays James is even older than what James would be if he were alive TODAY!!!!!!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 23rd, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I was willing to pretend that a black wig was meant to make us think Alan Rickman was still young (I just closed my eyes and imagined the Sheriff of Nottingham), but the James and Lily bugged me in the mirror, and when they kept going with the whole, "Oh, no one could possibly be the adult figure if he's clearly in his thirties" casting, I got a little shirty about it. I'm still a fan of Ewan MacGregor!Lupin, and didn't really have a preference for Sirius.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 21st, 2008 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, but it doesn't have sequined bell-bottoms, now does it? ;p

(Srsly, I went to MM because a bunch of people from work wanted to go. I was lukewarm, but it was silly and fun. In The Dark Knight, I just can't muster an iota of interest, I'm afraid. I don't like my superheroes "edgy" and "dark." I'm very tired of "edgy," and I fear that the the sort of self-conscious, "Oo, it's a dark superhero movie" sort of publicity has pretty much killed any interest that might have developed.)
From: spitc1899 Date: July 21st, 2008 11:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I had no desire to see Batman Begins until I watched it and loved it. I want to see Dark Knight, but it will be a long time because I do not want my kids seeing it for a minimum of about ten years. (The oldest is five.) We have our nights at home after they go to bed, but a night at the movies just the two of us happens once every couple of years.
equustel From: equustel Date: July 21st, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nolan's Batman films have far more in line with thoughtful drama than anything edgy or dark, really. (He even said once in an interview that he doesn't seek to make anything "dark," he just services the story and whatever it requires.) There's actually a whole lot of hope to them, and the themes really resonate with me. I love the films for this reason - and the beautiful, beautiful characters. Caine's Alfred and Gary Oldman's Gordon are treasures.

Have you seen Batman Begins? I don't normally like recommending movies to people because I'm so scared they'll hate them, but I really, really think it's different than what you'd be expecting! Plus, I'd just love to read your breakdown of these films.

Edited at 2008-07-21 06:30 pm (UTC)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 21st, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, I haven't. I'm not a great fan of making superheroes into thoughtful drama, either, especially not in the summer.
equustel From: equustel Date: July 21st, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's fair - I sympathize. I just make an exception for Batman as he's always fit better in a dramatic setting than other comic-book heroes; even the old animated series portrayed him that way (The Dark Knight actually reminds me of that series quite a bit).

But I understand your disinterest. Not everyone can be as thrilled with this particular set of fictional people as me. ;)
From: tunxeh Date: July 21st, 2008 07:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Any attempt to take this movie seriously will make you crazy, so don't bother. It's ABBA songs strung together into a loose plot... what's it going to be, A Midsummer Night's Dream?

Er, I saw A Midsummer Night's Dream this evening, outdoors in a park with 2300 of my closest friends. And it was a lot of fun, as usual, but I don't think Will exactly intended for us to take it seriously.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 21st, 2008 07:43 am (UTC) (Link)
This is true. But compared to Momma Mia, Titania falling in love with an ass is quite sensible and meaningful. ;p
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2008 08:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I went and saw Mamma Mia last weekend. I was having a sad day and this was just hte right medicine. So cheesy and silly and fun. I didn't expect a great plot, I expected a bit of fun. I loved it for that.

And the men sing so badly they're nearly full circle into good again.
thornyrose42 From: thornyrose42 Date: July 21st, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it is an almost perfect example of PWP done well, so well that I was still smiling five hours after me and my mum came out of the cinema. For me it was one of those movie that you see in the cinema and then want to see again while you are watching it and know that you want to buy the DVD just so you can watch it is the privacy of your own home and dance and sing like nobody iis watching.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 22nd, 2008 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree. one can NEVER argue wioth sequins, :D
-Aedy Bee
slyvermont From: slyvermont Date: July 23rd, 2008 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)
It is so nice to find other people who enjoyed Mamma Mia as much as I did, for similar reasons.

And I'm one of the very few people in the world who aren't gagga over Dark Knight. It's dark, it's bleak, and it has huge plot holes.
under_crisis From: under_crisis Date: July 26th, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
i just saw mamma mia today, with the parentals and my mum's sister. they both saw the musical at toronto. at least my aunt understands the plot now (whatever there was of it hee hee hee).

ok, so i think abba is really cheesy, but they're a guilty pleasure. and it brings back childhood memories. and the movie was funnnnnnn. and i really used to hate supertrooper, but meryl streep made me love it. lol.
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