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.
Today’s Music Recommendation is Matt Willis’ Solo Album, Don’t Let It Go to Waste. Most people, I’m sure, know who Matt is but in case you don’t he is a British musician and songwriter, TV presenter and actor. He is one third of the now split band Busted and one sixth of the newly formed supergroup McBusted. Following the Busted split Matt released his debut solo album which had three top 20 singles. In 2006, following this release, he won I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! In 2011 Matt starred as Fiyero in the West End hit musical Wicked! Following this in 2013, he appeared in The West End Men alongside Lee Mead. Matt Willis, as well as working with the McFly and Busted boys, has a role in UK soap EastEnders as Luke Riley. In January Matt played the role of Garth Stubbs in Birds of a Feather.
Matt Willis’ solo career was short-lived as he soon realised he much preferred creating albums and music in a band. Never the less, Matt managed to create a wonderful pop-punk album. I listen to this album a lot because it’s got a similar sound to Busted but is mixed with a harder, edgier tone which just sounds so good. My favourite songs are Fade out and Ex-Girlfriend although I do absolutely the entire album.
Disclaimer – I do not own the above photo of Matt, it is from: http://www.tattoodonkey.com/kerry-king-marshall-s-tattoo/
Today’s music recommendation is going to be Jesus Christ Superstar. This is because I like a lot of musicals and I always name Phantom of the Opera as my favourite for its atmosphere, it’s drama and the phantom himself and I absolutely love it’s music but I don’t necessarily love all the songs… so I’ve had to re-evaluate which is my favourite and I think Jesus Christ Superstar deserves the top spot in my musical loving heart. I love all of the music in Jesus Christ Superstar and I always sing along and I know all the words. The music tends to be my go to play on Spotify and I think it’s just crafted magnificently, not that Phantom isn’t, both Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar have brilliantly composed music and that’s thanks to the genius that is Andrew Lloyd Webber.
So I guess this post has become me raving about both musicals. Now I’ve had the pleasure to watch Phantom of the Opera in London at the West End and it was fantastic. I’ve also fallen in love with the 2013 arena tour version of Jesus Christ Superstar that we have on DVD. It is because of the incredible music that they’ve hooked me so well.
Before the rambling continues… Here’s a song from both shows:
If ever you have the chance to see either show, grab it!
Disclaimer – I do not own these pictures, they are from: http://now-here-this.timeout.com/2012/05/18/christ-almighty-%E2%80%98jesus-christ-superstar%E2%80%99-comes-to-town/ and http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/music/jesus-christ-superstar-birmingham-nia-1717195 and http://www.uktheatretickets.co.uk/blog/index.php/547/phantom-of-the-opera-a-musical-that-has-everything