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ABBA: The Movie (1977)
an enjoyable time with ABBA on stage
ABBA the movie tells us the story of Ashley Wallace, a country radio DJ. He is sent by his boss on a mission around Australia to get an interview of the famous pop band. This plot is a pretext to see ABBA perform on stage all along the movie.
The live footage is brilliant, you can really see them playing and singing like if you were at their sides. These moments are by far the bests of the movie. The DJ plot on the contrary is either boring or even stressful. Most of the time you can see the improvised interviewer running around chasing the group but only getting a few words from fans or informations and merchandising on that band he doesn't really like to begin with.
This makes you enjoy even more the on-stage performances that represent a dreamy break from the hustle and bustle of the big cities, crowds of fans and traffic. Some of the sequences though are original and even funny sometimes with a kitsch touch to it.
Definitely a must see if you're a fan but if not, I'd suggest you just watch video clips and live performances. In any case, there's not much to learn from this movie : no voice-over whatsoever and no text providing informations. As the radio boss puts it at the beginning of the movie : «it's not a documentary, it's an event !»