The Sound of Music (of ABBA)
This is entertainment at it's best. A musical extravaganza, it's the Feel-great movie of the year. Pure joy and a rollercoaster ride of fun and emotions, it keeps you engaged throughout the duration of the movie. When you have 17 foot tapping numbers, you hardly get time to relax or take off your dancing shoes. It's bound to leave you on the edge of your seats, just itching towards getting on to the aisle for a quick jig. And, with English subtitles to sing along, it wouldn't have been much difficult.
Sophie (Amanda Seifried) lives with her mom, Donna (Meryl Streep) in a Greek island, where Donna runs a hotel. She is going to get married to Sky (Dominic Cooper) and she wants to find out, who her father is and the problem is...even her mother is not sure, as she had "dot dot dot" with three good looking men, Pierce Brosnan (Sam Carmichael), Colin Firth (Harry Bright), Stellan Skarsgård(Bill Anderson). Sophie invites all of them, hoping to find, who her real father is, someone who can walk her down the aisle. However, she is left totally confused, when she gets positive vibes from all of them, and each of them could be her probable dad. The journey of her finding her true father and self-discovery is well scripted in the movie and all the events are packed in a day.
It's a Meryl Streep movie all along. She sings, dances and jumps on the bed (at her age, showing...you can never get too old), an image which stays with you. It's more Bollywood, than Hollywood with the macho men like Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth singing and dancing along, being merry and we thought, only Indian stars can shake a leg or two. You're invited to the big-fat Greek wedding, almost similar to the big Indian wedding in Rajshri Films, where all extras join the stars for a well-choreographed dance without any preparation at the drop of a hat. Meryl Streep is well supported by Amanda Seifried, Julie Walters (Rosie), Christine Baranski (Tanya) who play their girl power role to the hilt. It's a woman's world after all and the guys Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård and Dominic Cooper just need to show up in the party. :-)
ABBA songs have been nicely woven into the story, and there is a song for every occasion, incident and emotion. The lyrics are great, and you won't care too much about the singing as the emotions are so strong. How can I forget the beautiful locales, which make the visuals stunning... And by the way, it may remind you occasionally of Sound of Music, one of the all time favourite musicals. You'll carry the images / frames for a long time to come. It will definitely lift your spirits as you walk towards the exit. Don't miss out on two songs when the end credit shows.
If you enjoy watching good movies, love music and feel young-at-heart at whatever your age be, it's a must watch.