‘It’s the ultimate goal every day you wake up, to be happy. At the end of the week, you want to be happy. Happy in love, happy in work, happy in life, happy with yourself. It’s pretty simple.’
‘Together we are stronger, our voices louder, and the synergy of our actions more powerful. Together we can prevail on the Navy to put common sense safeguards in place, like requiring its ships to avoid the most sensitive marine mammal habitats and to stop their training exercises during peak migrations.’
‘I love the ukulele. It’s got a beautiful, melodic tone to it. There’s something innocent and romantic, and it’s just a grand instrument to play.’
‘Be good to people, be kind to people, show up, read the lines, hit the mark, and go home.’
‘We owe it to our children to be better stewards of the environment. The alternative? – a world without whales. It’s too terrible to imagine.’
‘When people don’t believe in you, you have to believe in yourself.’
‘I think you make the best with what you’ve got, you know? Sometimes you have very little. And you just always try to rise to higher ground, because you’re going to suffer one way or the other, so you just hope that you have strength and perseverance and good friends and faith, some kind of faith, to endure and move on to greener pastures.’
‘You can get totally messed up trying to please everyone with what you do, but ultimately, you have to please yourself.’
‘James Bond is one of those heroes that all guys feel they could actually be like.’
‘People should be allowed to marry, and gay marriage should be out there. If a man or a woman has a good partner and they love each other with their heart and soul, let them marry. I am very much for gay marriage.’
‘Love means that everything is right with the world. Love and only love. Love means that you are content within your own heart and in the presence of the person that you love, who fills your day and makes you stronger and wiser, and gives you the confidence to go out into the world. Love is just the most beautiful, joyous feeling.’
‘I realise how precious life is, probably because I’ve seen how it can be taken away.’
I recently watched Mamma Mia for the first time – a few years late, I know. The reason for this is purely because Colin Firth was in it and well, after watching him in Kingsman, I wanted to watch more of his films. I fell in love with the film almost immediately and regretted that I hadn’t an interest for it when it first came out.
First and foremost, Mamma Mia is a musical and has a great soundtrack. It is necessary to mention that Mamma Mia was a stage show before a film, and the soundtrack uses purely ABBA songs. The music was very cleverly interwoven into the plot. Each song suited the mood, feelings and content of the moment where they were sung.
The acting ability in this film is unbelievable. It has an incredible cast including; Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Stellan Skarsgard, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski. Not all of the cast are great singers (Pierce Brosnan’s singing was cringey) but I kind of love it; I love that it gives an extra comical quality to the film and shows that the actors just went out and had some fun. Additionally, I was blown away by Meryl Streep’s performance who’s acting, even while singing, was brilliant and proved why she is as well famed as she is.
Finally, the plot itself was really quite clever, sometimes cringey – but in the best way – and light-hearted. I thought the story was really really good. Here is the imdb summary: ‘Set on a colourful Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman about to be married discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna’ or her husband-to-be Sky.
If you haven’t yet seen Mamma Mia, you need to! I truly recommend it.