Saturday, August 2, 2008

My Second Movie Review and Some Soul Searching

I don't know if anyone remembers my last movie review here. It was of the new Indiana Jones movie and it was NOT flattering at all. As most of us with kids can say, I rarely get out to watch adult movies. So I finally got out to a "chick flick" with my sister last night. (Jenny, I wish you could have joined us)

We went to Mama Mia. I had no idea about it other than it was ABBA songs and my mother in law and step mom both said I needed to see it.

It was a very strange sensation but I'll get to that in a minute. For right now, I just have to say, I have not stopped running all of the songs through my head since I got home last night. I woke up in the middle of the night sing "Dancing Queen".

What a fun movie. If you don't like musicals, do NOT go see this movie. It was very packed full of songs. But if you're in the mood for fun silliness with a lot of upbeat music, you will enjoy it. I suggest going with a girlfriend, as opposed to going on a date.

The story was built around ABBA songs. The story line is pretty hokey, centering around a daughter raised by her single mother and wanting to find her real dad when she invites the three possibilities of her father to her wedding. I won't spoil it anymore.

I have been watching You Tube clips this morning just to get the songs out of my head and now Aaron is hooked too. He keeps wanting to dance to the songs I put on.

The weirdest part was the memories that came back to me while I was watching it. My sister is 7 years older than me, which now doesn't seem like much. But when I was 5 and she was 12, it was quite a difference. When "Dancing Queen" came on, she was remembering listening to the music and dancing around the living room. To me, for some reason, it was bringing strange butterflies to my stomach, remembering a time in my life that is so foreign to me now. I have spent a lot of time trying to erase a lot of my preteen years from my memories for so many reasons so they don't carry into the raising of my children. But the time of my life when my mom and sister were listening to this ABBA album was before the turmoil began. In my little 5 year old eyes, my life was clear and everything seemed perfectly rosy. It made me think of a mother that my sister knew, but I really didn't because of mental illness.

So when this song came on in the movie, and it is truly a show stopper, and so much fun to watch that you want to jump up and right into the screen, it also was very strange to think these other thoughts. I have been listening to the song over and over this morning, trying to make that part go away, so I can just enjoy the music. I never would have thought this would have happened from a fun "chick flick".

As far as a movie review, I definitely think you should grab a girl close to you and go. I am really hoping that my sister will make me a copy of her soundtrack soon. I can't get the songs out of my head. (Shannon, now that I am addicted to the music, I think we need to go again). I guess the only thing lacking was that Pierce Brosnan shouldn't have tried singing. It was forced sounding and not pleasing at all. Other than that, the singing was very good.

As for the other stuff, we all have pieces of our past that have shaped who we are. My sister and I both wondered however, what song will pop into the boys heads 30 years from now and bring back memories of today, and what will those memories be?.


Tammy said...

I like ABBA! I'm not sure about seeing the movie though.

Jennifer said...

I wish I had time to grab a friend and go!!! I probably won't see it until it comes out on DVD.

Debbie Yost said...

I loved this movie! I agree Pierce Brosnan doesn't sing well, but I didn't care. I love him! Did you stay through the credits (to the second song)?

Courtney said...

I want to see that. Now I have to find a girl and go!