Friday, July 25, 2008

I am easily influenced

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,
Ta-da-da-da-da; ta-da-da-da-da.
This one's got one good point: it must come to an end.
Ta-da-da-da-da; ta-da-da-da-da.
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"

"Mumble, mumble"

"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.


John said...

Lovely John of Counago and Spaves fame is dying to see it. He has his disco pants ironed and ready to go.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

From one of the "most miserable, pretentious people in the entire hemisphere". The film was garbage made worse because of those awful old songs by ABBA. I hated them then and I hate them now - cynical pop pap created blatantly to make money - no heart and no soul. Yuk!

J.J said...

Lovely John - have a few drinks first is my strong advice to you.

Lovely YP - maybe I should have added the words 'or male' to my list of people who wouldn't like the film. And me and my friend hated Abba too so it is very strange how much we both enjoyed the film (and me the musical too). But did Shirley enjoy it? I am guessing you did not see it by choice ;-)

Moo said...

I loved it too JJ and everyone clapped and cheered at the back of our cinema too! And Pierce is looking hot too!

timesnewroman said...

As a rule I just don't like musicals. Must be a bloke thing. That said, I think Peter Bradshaw is a pretentious wanker and would never take his word on anything.

Karen said...

Then I must be pretentious and miserable as I have no desire to see it! I was out with Hazel and Zoe on Friday, they have both seen it and everytime they tried to talk about it Phil and I would talk about The Dark Knight very loudly, such as "ooh the disappearing pencil bit"....

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Hee, I had wondered about you seeing the film having fondly recalled your previous grumble about seeing the stage show and then enjoying it!

J.J said...

Moo babe - a girl after my own heart you are!

Jim - I am going to studiously ignore him from now on. Looking forward to seeing you btw.

Oh Karen - the pencil bit!!! Saw that on Saturday night. BIT of a contrast from Mamma Mia it has to be said.

Lisa - I am nothing if not predictably sad!!!