Monday, July 28, 2008

My, my, how could I resist ya?

My girlz and I went to see "Mamma Mia" on Saturday. (What up ladies?) We had a blast at the stage show last year but I, for one, arrived at the theater with tempered expectations. Can Meryl Streep actually sing? Will the curtain call be as good as the stage show? How could it be?

We unintentionally arrived a few minutes late but still stopped for snacks. Of course! That left us the best seats in the house...the front row. We hunkered down just as the previews ended and braced ourselves as the movie opened.

I'd like to take this moment to offer my sincerest apologies to anyone attending the 8:40 showing of Mamma Mia at the Century 16 Theater. But seriously, we were clearly more entertaining than the movie.

With all my wondering about Meryl's chops, it didn't occur to me to question the vocal talents of the other actors. How could I have forgotten that 007 himself was in the movie? From the first note that crossed his lips, my ears began to bleed. Not only can the man NOT SING, but they way he was grunting out the lyrics made him appear constipated. "SOS" is intended to be a heart wrenching moment in the film but our laughter drowned out any hope for an emotional connection with the characters. I found myself yelling "SOS" at the screen. Save me! But hey, don't take it from me, listen for yourself...

To top it all off, at one point, Pierce rips off his shirt and there was a collective groan throughout the theater. At least I think it was collective. Again, sorry to the other theater goers. It appeared as though he was wearing a flabby hair shirt under his other shirt. Interesting costume choice. Me thinks 007 needs to lay off the martinis...

Take the questionable vocals out of the picture and it was still a good time. In fact, I think the singing made it more fun. For us anyway. Again, sorry.
Some of my fav comments at Rotten Tomatoes:
"It is not merely that Pierce Brosnan cannot sing; it is that he looks so uncomfortable doing it." -Pam Grady

"Make that Gramma Mia." -Jackie K. Cooper

"Brosnan especially looks physically pained choking out the lyrics, as if he's being subjected to a prostate exam just outside of the camera's eye." -Matt Brunson


Anonymous July 28, 2008 at 11:59 AM  

O.K., Now I really want to see the movie - inspite of listening to that U-Tube segment. Brosnan does sound particularly bad though.

Someone else told me they went to see the movie and people just started singing with the songs. Sounds like this movie just brings it out in people.


Jennifer July 28, 2008 at 1:07 PM  

I tried to explain to Kevin how it was...we laughed, we cried, we most likely irritated everyone else in the theatre. I think it was definitely one of those "had to be there" moments...but I wouldn't have missed it for ANYTHING!!! It was (as our dear friend, Becci, would say) CRAPTACULAR!!!

The Tucson Gang July 28, 2008 at 6:02 PM  

OMG - I didn't believe your critique of Pierce completely..figuring you must have been exaggerating...but then I watched and more importantly listened....UGH!!!!! That is just awful. Is that really the best cut/take, whatever the producers call it?!? Seriously, he wasn't singing at all.

That's really too bad...I had such high hopes in spite of the casting that the movie would be entertaining. I guess that it will be entertaining in a completely different way...making fun of the singing! :-)

Think I'll wait for the video!

Beth July 28, 2008 at 7:37 PM  

I too loved the musical, but I had a feeling the movie would be a flop. Now that I have seen that amazing video clip I am sold :) If I want a good laugh I know what to go see. Thanks for the update to warn us ABBA fans or Mamma Mia fans.

Anonymous July 28, 2008 at 10:44 PM  

LOL. . . I loved the musical too, but a peak at Rotten Tomatoes definitely moved it to the bottom of my "To See" list. Your review takes it off the list completely! ;o)

Jackie July 29, 2008 at 6:36 AM  

Lori -

It was Meryl who ripped off Brosnan's shirt - so blame her.

Sara July 29, 2008 at 7:43 AM  

"flabby hair shirt"...OMG, I'm going to be lauging about that for days!

It's truly painful to hear, isn't it? I saw 007 on the Today Show and he was trying so hard to be positive and promote the movie, but you could just tell he was like, "sh*@, how did I get myself into this...and how do I get myself out?" Yeah, yeah, they said he was "under the weather" when he made his Today Show appearance, but I would be, too, if I'd just heard that nausea-inducing rendition of the musical stylings of The Great and Glorious ABBA.

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