01 September 2008

You are the Dancing Queen

Yesterday afternoon when we arrived in town at my mother-in-law's to shelter from the hurricane, I decided to take the kids to see a movie - do something fun before getting stuck in the house for who knows how long. We have been waiting to see Mamma Mia - and it did not disappoint. All four of us came out of there singing - different songs - but still we were singing. It was amazing. I loved it. Here is my favorite sequence from the whole movie where Meryl Streep and her two lifelong best friends and eventually all the local women do a routine to "Dancing Queen".

I love the sisterhood of women! It's so awesome. It really amazes me that they did a musical using all the songs from ABBA. It didn't come off as cheesy either. I have to admit the first time I heard Pierce Brosnan start to sing - Bond, James Bond - I almost chuckled - but he pulled it off amazingly. The whole cast was spectacular. I can't wait to see it again.
You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life
Ooh, see that girl, watch that scene, she is the dancing queen.

I have to admit, this is a movie about a woman who was promiscuous in her youth and faced with the potential three fathers of her 20 year old daughter, who just wants to find "the one" before she gets married. There used to be a time when I would not have been able to see past the moral failures of such a story. I really hate looking back and seeing the old me and how much that self-righteous indignation kept me from others. The movie was a story about real people. I leave you with this quote: The universe is made of stories, not atoms. Muriel Rukeyser This is one of the stories.

Oh, and it's really keeping my mind off of the hurricane.


  1. I just love, love, love that movie!!!! I'll be getting it on DVD when it comes out.

  2. my hubby and i saw it last nite! hilarious! we didn't realize it was a musical when we went to see it. we too were singing when we left. i was bothered by a few of the cultural tones, but overall loved the comraderie and the love between meryl and pierce. i'm a sucker for a love story.


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