So now I'm going to fangirl about this movie. Ready? Good.
Where to begin? And how to do it at all without just listing the songs and spoiling the fun? XD
Well, for starters, it's just a pretty movie. It was all filmed in Greece, so there's all this turquoise water and robin's-egg-blue sky all over the place, and every now and then, they throw in a bunch of sparkles and sequins. 8D The cast of mostly-real-actors turn up some pretty darn good voices, and Meryl Streep especially is a powerhouse. It's a bit of a shame Pierce Brosnan gets the most to do out of the Trio of Potential Dads, because Colin Firth sounds better. And I dunno, I'm more endeared to him somehow. Underdog complex, maybe? XD Anyway, the main girl's cute, though she cries too much, and her voice is extraordinary. The supporting characters are far, far too much fun.
The songs were great -- well-integrated, on the whole, even though in this case, the musical was crafted around the songs, rather than the other way around -- particularly the ones they turned into really big numbers. "Does Your Mother Know" and "Take a Chance on Me" were hilarious. I couldn't stop grinning during "Dancing Queen"; those three minutes were definitely my favorite part of the whole film. They did pretty much all the songs I love justice (and introduced me to a couple I'd never heard), but for "Gimme Gimme Gimme," of which they used the riff very well -- but when it came down to performing it, it didn't get enough focus, I thought. Then again, I'm a wee bit biased, seeing as how that's my all-time best-ever favorite ABBA song in existence...
And I was all sad they'd skipped "Waterloo," but then they did it during the beginning of the credits, and I was like "WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!" 8DDD
We stuck ABBA GOLD in the CD player as soon as we got into the car, and the fun hasn't stopped since. :D