Bombi Bitt, James Bond and Mr Darcy

If it wasn’t for the title of this piece, this would have very little to do with books. I’m not grasping at straws, so much as wanting to add my bit on Mamma Mia!, the film. The Guardian has gone out of its way to find reviewers and others to comment as unfavourably and as ironically as they can. But I think that whatever your feelings on Abba may be, the film has to be judged as the film of the stage musical, and not as a straight film or as a concert, as it’s neither.

Daughter, of Swiss coach trip fame, arrived back at school at 10.30 yesterday morning, with minor coach crash on the evening before and everything. By 12.30 we were seated in the local cinema, showered and fed. That’s how important the film was to her. We were the last to leave afterwards, having sat through every second of the credits. Very enjoyable.

Mamma Mia! 1

Mamma Mia! is cheesy, but what’s wrong with that? You even get a glimpse of Benny and Björn, Hitchcock style. And I don’t usually sing in the cinema. Have never seen so many women over a certain age in a cinema audience before. The Guardian should have sent Nancy Banks-Smith.

Mamma Mia! 2

Bombi Bitt on television starred Stellan Skarsgård back when both he and the witch were teenagers, and these days Stellan is quite big, pirating around in the Caribbean. And I dare say you have all heard of James Bond and Pride and Prejudice? Not necessarily together, though. Pierce Brosnan doesn’t sing all that well, and I think Colin Firth would rather not have tried, but they do look good when you need something to rest your eyes on.

This one we will see again.

7 responses to “Bombi Bitt, James Bond and Mr Darcy

  1. I’m a massive fan of the stage show and am quite sure that despite all those reviews, I’m going to love the movie, though not in quite the same way. One critic, on Newsnight review, described the experience as like ‘being inducted into a cult.’ That’s to say: you start resisting and are OVERCOME. Anyone wanting to hear a really wonderful description of this happening should go to the Radio 5Live website and find Mark Kermode’s piece about the movie. It’s a hoot! Can’t wait to see it. We’re going on Friday….

  2. I was 18 when Abba won the Eurovision, and far too cool to put up with that rubbish. But it was always there, in the background. And three of them I had long admired in their earlier incarnations in the music industry.

    But come old age and a lot more sense, you suddenly realise how good they are/were. I am still very cool, of course, but I know it’s OK to like Abba.

  3. I’m jealous, Bookwitch. Am currently out of favour with Daughter of mine (having had to impose a necessary but painful grounding) but have to admit she is the ONLY person I want to see this with (we saw the stage show together). Sigh!

  4. Oh, dear. You’ll either have to wait, or climb down. A two hour reprieve? Emergency musical support?

  5. Um…exorcist?! 😉

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