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Mamma Mia! This Mama Loved The Movie!

Posted by Kyle Design on July 19, 2008

Dancing Queen Vitamin Case - Keep Your Energy Up!

Dancing Queen Vitamin Case So You Can Keep Your Energy Up

I went to see the new movie Mamma Mia! starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, and Colin Firth, and based on the songs of pop band ABBA, and absolutely loved it! I went with a big group of friends, many of whom are in my book group, and we all just had a blast. It is the story of a 20-year-old girl (played by Amanda Seyfried), her mother (plus two friends – Julie Walters and Christine Baranski – who make up the dancing queens) and the three men who could potentially be girl’s father.

Queen for a Day Christmas Ornament

Queen for a Day Christmas Ornament

I have never seem the stage version, so was not disappointed by some preconceived idea of what it should be like (as I’ve read some people have been). I’d heard that it is a great movie for mothers and daughters to see together, but I’d also just recommend going with friends and letting loose, singing along and swaying to the music. Why not? You can never go back again, except in the movies and your dreams. The songs on the soundtrack are great: Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Honey Honey, The Winner Takes It All, Money Money, The Name of the Game and Our Last Summer among other classics.

It was set in Greece which was absolutely stunning, but fortunately they didn’t focus on the sweeping vistas and picturesque villages too long, otherwise I suspect our attentions could have drifted off to our vacations plans for next summer. The scenery just enhanced the emotional getaway, drawing us in, making us long for the chance for something as fun and exciting as what was happening on the screen. You just can’t stay grumpy watching this one. You just know the actors had a blast making this one – you could see it on their faces.

Gorgeous Sunset Bookmark -Mark Your Place in That Summer Romance Book

Gorgeous Sunset Bookmark -Mark Your Place in That Summer Romance Book

I traveled to Greece when I was in my twenties, but alas, no passionate trysts were part of the travel plans. I would love to go back and take my family someday. Loved that trip, stunned by the beauty and the history of Greece. Had a fabulous time except for the really grumpy Greeks who seemed completely fed-up with tourists swarming through their lives on a daily basis. (Don’t know as I can blame them.) Maybe they should go see this movie…

Maybe the casting in the film was a little weird, with 48-year-old Colin Firth in the role as one of the past young love interests of 59-year-old Meryl Streep (along with 55-year-old Pierce Brosnan and 57-year-old Stellan Skarsgård, which were more believable.) Even with any plastic surgery the actors or actresses may or may not have had, they still look their age, so the idea of the young summer of love affair being had by those approaching a nice middle age of 40 was a bit odd.

Sadly, Pierce Brosnan does not have the best voice for singing, but it was passable, and believable, for an average man expressing his emotions through song. Keeping it real. Besides, he gets a free pass because he still looks good.

Mathematical Money Clip for Holding All Your Money, Money

Mathematical Money Clip for Holding All Your Money, Money

All mathematical issues aside, it was still a perfect feel-good movie that would put anyone in a happy mood. I have not laughed that much in a long time and plan to take my girls to see it, too. I highly recommend it.

Movie Projector Night Light for Those Who Enjoy Watching a Great Film

Movie Projector Night Light for Those Who Enjoy Watching a Great Film

As an aside, you just know the costumes in this film are going to me huge for Halloween this year. Plan now to get all your over-the-top accessories and sparkly fabric ready!

If you’re looking for some fun gifts for your dancing queens, be sure to check out Kyle Design’s Dancing Gifts and Queen Gifts, where you can find gifts like the Vitamin Case, Christmas Ornament, Bookmark, Night Light and Money Clips shown. We have Mathematical Gifts, too, should any of those casting agents need to brush up on on their skills.

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