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Mamma Mia! (2008)
Straight off the bat - I have never been to the cinema and had such an enjoyable time. I don't know if it was just because it was a Friday night and people were hyper, but all the way through people were laughing, dancing in their chairs and generally having fun. It was such a great experience. My friends and I left the screen literally dancing - and we weren't the only ones! Onto the movie - I adored it. It was bright and colourful, some gorgeous cinematography. I now want to move to Greece in a run down hotel. Some of the dance sequences were wonderful (Dancing Queen, Lay all your love on me), it was a struggle not to get up and dance! Meryl Streep was fabulous, I had no idea she could sing so well. She was so energetic and she bounced off Julie Walters and Christine Baranski like they really had been friends for years. I wouldn't say anyone in the film had an absolutely stunning voice, they weren't technically perfect, but the amount of emotion and enthusiasm that was put into the film as whole made that irrelevant.
Go see it. Take a large tub of popcorn, and a big group of friends.
All Good Things Come To An End - After Season One
Season 1 - amazing. After catching just one episode on Sky, I quickly ordered the first series and fell in love with the whole cast. A series with such a wonderful plot line, incredible actors and impeccable script deserved great recognition. And after that cliffhanger ending, I was desperate to see the second series and bought it as soon as I could.
What a waste of money. The first episode or two were good - it stuck to the rhythm that made the first series so enticing. And then they brought in Ella to replace a character who was so much more realistic and appealing. At first I though, maybe this would work out.
But this series is so impossibly confused. Would it really have been so hard to have consistent personalities for characters? A realistic plot which didn't just involve characters shagging each other all over the place? ANYTHING that had made the first series so amazing? Apparently so.
There is only one reason to watch the second series and that is Thelma. Thank god they kept her in, she's the only lifeline they had to cling to by the end.
The end result? Feeling bitterly disappointed and let down. It could have been fantastic. If you're a die hard fan, then by all means watch season 2. But you'll only be left with a sour taste in your mouth by the careless destruction of what made you love series 1 and frustration that you can't even get a bit of closure out of the mess that made up the second.
So only 5 out of 10 - 5 points for Season 1 and 0 for Season 2.
Garasu no nô (2000)
A Charming Film
I watched this film without knowing what to expect and was pleasantly surprised.
Whilst some of the scenes in the film could be considered decidedly cheesy, much of it is wonderfully sweet and will stay with you long after the film has ended.
The basic plot has a charming edge to it, of a modern Sleeping Beauty. Personal favourite parts would be when Yuichi takes Yumi outside for the first time and her joy at the world without even knowing anything about it.
Don't dismiss this film. It's worth seeing.