When I read reviews of a film like this review of 'Mamma Mia' by Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian that starts thus:
I've been cheated by films since I don't know whe-e-n,
This one's got one good point: it must come to an end.
Look at me now! Will I ever learn?
I don't know who ... thought Pierce Brosnan should sing in it.
How on earth could it not... be... shit?
One more smirk, and then I knew it would bomb,
One more scene and I'd a great need to vom',
it rather puts me off seeing such a film.
So when my friend asked me about going to see it I was somewhat less than enthusiastic, but I went anyway and my daughter came too.
Now, never let it be said that Pierce Brosnan can sing, and yes, there were some cringe making moments in the film, but having said that - what a brilliant feel good film it is. I loved every minute. As did the women (the cinema was packed - and 98% of the audience were women) who cheered and clapped when the film ended (bizarre behaviour but it takes all sorts). And I want to go to a Greek Island NOW THIS MINUTE having seen the film setting. Skegness it ain't. You would have to be amongst the most miserable, pretentious people in the entire hemisphere not to enjoy it...Peter Bradshaw and John*, I am talking about people such as you.
But I have form here as on 9th September 2005 I wrote on my previous blog the following:
And oh god, I'm so depressed! On Saturday night I am committed to taking my mum and her sister Renee to see the flaming stageshow Mamma Mia as a belated birthday present, arranged by my sister, only conveniently for her, she can't actually go!
A whole evening of Abba music.
What did I ever do to deserve it?
And I was then forced to admit the following two days later:
Humm, how to put this?
Weeelllll, 'Mamma Mia' was not quite what I was expecting.I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting, but, uummmm....
"Jane, you loved every minute of it didn't you"
"I'm sorry, I didn't quite catch that?"
"Mumble, mumble (slightly louder)"
"Again, so they can hear at the back."
It was absolutely bloody BRILLIANT. I did in fact love every minute of it, and Yes, I was up and dancing and singing away by the end. I shall tell everyone I know to go and see it if they have not already seen it, and I really want to go again and take H. Humble pie is delicious isn't it?
You would have to be the most miserable, pretentious person in the entire hemisphere not to enjoy it.......
John* really would have hated it!
* An ex who happens to be the most miserable and pretentious person in the entire hemisphere.
Definitely NOT lovely John of Counago and Spaves fame.
The Hamilton Hacker - Nice wee bit of sly humour from the April 1937 issue of the *Socialist Standard*.
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