ABBA and the Movie Mamma Mia!

I grew up listening to ABBA’s songs. Actually I grew up listening to the Beatles, the BeeGees, the Carpenters, Eagles, Chicago, Kenny Rogers, Dr. Hook and other popular bands in the 70s and 80s. My parents are big fans of classic country and rock bands, especially my father. The group I particularly like listening to is ABBA. I love their songs. Its not like the songs of today which have mostly ‘shallow’ lyrics. Their songs describe life. They talk about everything we go through everyday. People can “relate” to their songs. And I think that’s the reason why they became so popular during their time, that’s the 1970s and even up until now.

ABBA is a Swedish pop group composed of four members; two guys and two gals. They are Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Bjorn Ulvaeus. What I know about their group I learned from Papang. Benny Andersson actually co-produced the film version of the musical Mamma Mia! Thank God he did! :)

Mamma Mia made me feel good!

And based on Monica and the other movie-goers that watched the movie the same time as we did, they obviously enjoyed it too. And I based it on the reactions that I heard while Monica and I were on our way out.

We watched this movie last evening at SM City before our shift. I was with Monica because Tim’s at Cebu attending one of their company seminars. We opted for the last full show so we can come in on time for our shift which starts at 11 PM (Its 8 AM Pacific Standard Time). Mamma Mia! is a film adaptation of the West End stage musical, based on the songs of ABBA. The title of the film comes from the group’s 1975 chart-topper “Mamma Mia.” It was produced by Universal Pictures in partnership with Playtone and Littlestar.

Meryl Streep heads the cast of the film, playing the role of single mother Donna Sheridan. Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard play the three potential fathers to Donna’s daughter Sophie Amanda Seyfried. Imagine Meryl Streep’s “iciness” at The Devil Wears Prada and then imagine her singing, dancing and playing around. I really admire her versatility. And now imagine Pierce Brosnan’s “coolness” as the secret agent James Bond and doing the same things as Meryl in this movie. Plus Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard also romping around! God you’ll really get your money’s worth. I didn’t even know that these four actors can sing! Amanda Seyfried also did well as Sophie.

Today, I’m campaigning for everyone, particularly my officemates to watch this movie. They had to endure my ranting for the whole day especially Nang Cat and Abert who are both sitting beside me. Call me OA or whatever you like, basta nami guid ya ang Mamma Mia! ;)

You’ve got to watch it too to know what I mean and to know that I’m not over-exaggerating. You’ll miss 1/10 of your life if you won’t! ;)

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