Wednesday, July 9, 2008

death by mamma mia

A few months ago, I received a PR email from whoever is working on the new Mamma Mia movie, asking me to discuss it on my blog. I threw up a little in my mouth at that moment. I thought that I could just delete the email and move on, but no. The commercials are on every five minutes. The ads are on a million sites. And they all play that damn song. I woke up this morning with it running through my head and it makes me want to cry.

There are a few musical groups/performers who really drive me nuts. 99% of country music, anything in a duet and musical theater are some general dislikes. More specifically, the top three offenders are Radiohead, Chicago with Peter Cetera and ABBA. ABBA and musical theater combine catostrophically in Mamma Mia. I was invited to go see the musical with some coworkers a few years ago. As they sang along enthusiastically, I slumped down in my seat. The songs haunted me for days.

The biggest upset is that Colin Firth, my Mr. Darcy, is in it. Have you ever seen the Thomas Crown Affair? Because it is amazing and it features fellow Mamma Mia star Pierce Brosnan. Julie Walter (aka Mrs. Weasley) and Christine Baranski! Fricking Meryl Streep! I also loved the lead, Amanda Seyfried, who played one of the Mean Girls. I keep thinking that I actually might want to see it. Ugh. Maybe I should just wait for the DVD and fast forward through all the songs. Except for this one- hubba hubba!

10 comments:

  1. bah humbug! :) i'm a mamma mia fan and i'm pretty pumped about the movie, but your post cracks me up! i think i'm going to have to see the movie alone. todd hates ABBA, too!

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  2. I haven't received too many marketing emails yet, but I do find it difficult to distinguish between people who are really interested in exchanging links (as I was when I first started blogging), and those who are just trying to find the easy way out.

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  3. Aw, I liked the musical. Isn't the cast amazing? I like your suggestion. Wait for the DVD and skip through the singing.
    I am hoping the movie will have some amazing scenes of Greece. Sigh. So pretty!

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  4. Haha! I'm delurking, I just had to comment... I got married a couple of weeks ago, and for the few hours that we were getting ready, the venue (a farm, we were prepping in the owners' log cabin) was playing Abba really loudly. It will forever remind me of my wedding day! I enjoy your blog, Natalie!

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  5. Awww, it makes me sad to hear you tear apart what is one of my favorite musicals. I even posted about being excited about the movie last week. :( I know there are tons of ABBA haters out there, but I find it to be really fun to listen to and it always puts me in a good mood. I'm a showtunes fan all the way though... To each her own I guess! But the cast of the movie alone I think is reason enough to give it a watch. If you feel it necessary to fast forward through the songs then go for it! :)

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  6. I am so sorry to offend the ABBA fans! :) Who knew that there were so many of you out there?! Actually, the show is a major hit and has been playing in Chicago forever, so most likely I am the odd man out. I will try not to bash Mamma Mia any further... unless someone makes me see the movie and it is so horrible that I need to comment.

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  7. Ha! And now you *have* discussed it on your blog. Ah, the marketing emails,
    Them: "will you plug this for free please? Your readers will love it"

    Me: "No."

    I have a friend who's been in the cast in NYC since forever, and I'm not offended by your post, because it's hilarious.

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  8. it could be worse - someone asked me to talk about a schick razor on my blog! a razor!

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  9. I haven't been compelled to see the musical bc I am in the camp that too much singing is just too much... I am not a fan of musicals. But the cast for this look great - so I may be renting the dvd and forwarding through the songs once they get annoying as well!

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  10. Ha! you made me laugh with this one.

    I'm fairly indifferent to ABBA. I can't say I've ever chosen to listen to them or that I could endure more than a few tracks, but I don't hate them.

    The adverts tempt me because I love Meryl Streep and the scenery looks amazing. But the bride and groom look seriously irritating and that's putting me off. Also, I find 'actors' singing a bit cringe-worthy.

    So, I'm on the fence! The Boy refuses point blank to go and see it and I don't think I'm tempted enough to go on my own!

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