Last night during Dancing With the Stars, the new trailer for Mamma Mia! premiered. The teaser trailer was pretty good, but the full-length one? My dancing shoes are already on!
The stage musical is ridiculous, but also ridiculously enjoyable, and it looks like the movie will fit that same groove. As if the ABBA soundtrack (22 songs!) weren’t enough — and, really, what’s better than ABBA? — we get Meryl Streep doing pratfalls in her overalls. That alone is worth the ticket price.
Meryl seems to be having a great time in general, what with all the dancing and drinking and screwball comedy. I can never decide which I like better: dramatic Meryl or comedic Meryl. Mamma Mia! might just give us both. She’s funny, she’s moving, she’s handy around the house!
And I had forgotten that Christine Baranski is in Mamma Mia!
Julie Walters plays the other BFF. I don’t think I’ve seen Walters be funny and light yet — mostly I remember her being disturbing yet sympathetic in Sister, My Sister.
And Amanda Seyfried (Mean Girls, Veronica Mars) seems pretty perfect for the role of the soon-to-be-wed daughter in search of a dad.
But the best thing about the new trailer is all the gleeful dancing.
Despite the disco, the story lines are inexorably straight. The film is all about husbands and dads. And yet it’s also all about female bonding, in the best ’80s-chick-flick sense of that term.
Figure in the beauty of Greece — which almost rivals Meryl’s — and it looks like a guaranteed hit.
Greece, weddings, whatever — I’ll be there for the ABBA. And the dancing. And the Meryl. Is it summer yet?