Monday, May 12, 2008

The only cast member who shares the same nationality as the soundtrack.

Though I have impressed my wife over the years by my enjoyment of "chick" entertainment (Notting Hill, The Vagina Monologues, The entire oeuvre of Jane Austen), there are some things I have been reticent to see. The musical Mamma Mia falls into this later category. As much as Mrs. Mosley has been eager to see it, the whole goofy aura combined with the ABBA music has turned me off.

Ah, but now here comes the movie. We had a chance to see the trailer in the theater a month ago. Having now seen a little of the plot, I'm a little less reluctant. But there was one thing that bothered me about the trailer.

The story involves a mother (Meryl Streep) and her newly engaged daughter (Amanda Seyfried) planning their wedding. Having never met her father, the daughter tracks down the three men who dated her mother at the time of conception and invites all three to the wedding. Wackiness, as they say, ensues.

The three men are played by Colin "Mr. Darcy" Firth, Pierce "Mr. Bond" Brosnan and Stellan... er... "Bootstrap Bill" Skarsgard. In the trailer, Firth and Brosnan are announced by name along with Streep, but Skarsgard is not. This is a great shame. I'm assuming that, for the sake of suspense, the story doesn't favor any of the three so that the audience is kept guessing until the end. In which case, even though two of the three are world class sex symbols, they should have spared a few extra seconds in the trailer to highlight Stellan.

C'mon, guys. He's a great actor who's done fabulous work in Good Will Hunting, Ronin and a butload of Swedish films. Give him the highlighting he deserves!

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