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Up until now, I was convinced that from the 4th book onwards, Harry
Potter-books had become too complex to make into film: Goblet of Fire
was a sore disappointment. Order of the Phoenix left many Potterheads
wanting more, even if it wasn't a bad film per se (personally I
thoroughly enjoyed it, even though I felt they left out too much).
Half-blood Prince -while visually stunning- did not capture the
brilliance of the book. With "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", I
think the makers have finally succeeded in crafting a movie that was
both fun to watch for casual viewers while also catering to the needs
of the hard-core fans who know the books by heart. The decision to
split the movie into two parts may be judged as a financial one by
some, but I'm convinced it was the only possible way to make this work.
The movie was cut off at the perfect time as well, having the viewers
yearn for more without being too abrupt.
I don't want to give away anything, so I'll just say this: Hats of to you, David Yates. One can only hope the second installment will continue in the same vein...
Went to see Mamma Mia without particularly high expectations. Not being
a big connoisseur (or even fan) of musicals, I didn't really know what
to expect. Though I adore ABBA, I never bothered to watch the stage
production of Mamma Mia. But having a cinema membership, I didn't have
much to lose (no money, at least), so I went for it. And boy, am I glad
that I did! I can safely say that I enjoyed every second of it. And I'm
not even ashamed to admit it!
Give Meryl Streep another Oscar and get it over with already. If she could get a nod for the Devil Wears Prada, she definitely deserves one for this. She really let her hair down on this one. Mrs. Streep can obviously not pass for a trained singer, but somehow, it just doesn't seem to matter. It just really worked in the movie (unlike -say- Helena Bonham Carter's singing in Sweeney Todd). When I heard Meryl's rendition of "The winner takes it all" in advance, it lowered my expectations considerably, but in its context, it totally made sense.
Most of all though, this movie was just sheer fun. People were clapping, laughing...Rarely have I seen an audience as enthusiastic. The crowd especially responded well to Meryl and her two cronies (arguably the strongholds of the movie). Also, because I had never seen the musical before, I was amazed (and amused) at the inventive ways in which they managed to incorporate so many ABBA-songs. Equally brilliant was the way the extras (usually some Greek old women) were deployed throughout the movie...And then of course the setting (beautiful Greece) was mesmerizing...
Basically, Mamma Mia is a superb musical that doesn't take itself too seriously. If you're just a little bit crazy and want to have a good laugh, if you love ABBA, want to see Meryl Streep like you've never seen her before or if you simply have a secret crush on Colin Firth and/or Pierce Brosnan (his singing was nothing short of hilarious), you will LOVE this movie. Best summer flick so far. Warmly recommended.