Sorry, I just read theseÂ movie reviews of Mamma Mia! …
The script, which is about a young bride-to-be on a Greek island who invites three men (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgaard) who might be her father to the nuptials without telling her mother (Meryl Streep), is quick to clarify what is on its mind. Firth and Brosnan are stranded while waiting for a, er, ferry. Colin turns to Pierce to say, â€œBugger!â€ but instead of replying, â€œNo, thank you,â€ Pierce says, â€œMy sentiments exactly.â€ Firth, upping the ante, says, â€œBollocks!â€ Brosnan: â€œMy sentiments exactly.â€ This kind of saucy flirtation hasn’t been seen at the movies since C-3PO first met R2-D2.
The ABBA songs of Mamma Mia are perhaps not the favored anthems of your local rugby squad or Navy SEAL unit to begin with; few are the countries that have been invaded while Voulez-Vous blasts out of the Hummvee, though if ever we have cause to invade Belgium, Waterloo would seem the obvious choice. Nevertheless, the realization of the songs is beyond camp. This is a musical comedy with terrible jokes (â€œI grew up.â€ â€œThen grow back down againâ€) that is nevertheless hilarious.
A scene in which the groom’s shirtless beach blanket buddies, who are throwing him a bachelor party, peel him away from his bride in order to force him to join their merry band as they goose-step along the dock, while wearing flippers, with maximal flapping of arms, suggests a re-enactment of the invasion of the Sudetenland conducted by the Village People during a weekend on Fire Island. (Stay through the closing credits for more. I am talking about Brosnan in a royal blue skin-tight chest-baring jumpsuit that Liberace would have described as a bit much.)
and Batman:Â The Dark Knight (gayer than Mamma Mia??!!) …
Not that “gay Batman” isn’t redundant. We’ve had our suspicions about the Dark Knight’s proclivities since the heyday of Fredric Wertham. The latest iteration keeps Robin locked away in Batman’s closet (who do you think is, ahem, redecorating Wayne Manor?) and Katie Holmes isn’t around doing beard duty this time. But you’d have be in pretty deep denial not to pick up on the homoerotic hints. “You complete me,” the Joker coos to the Dark Knight, a moment that even Kyle dubs “Brokeback Batman.” Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne does a lot of eyelash batting at his gushing new BFF Harvey (“you sure know how to throw a party!”) Dent, even teasing Harvey about his after-hours activities: “ballet?” (Somewhere, Adam West is smiling). Why is the mayor of Gotham City wearing so much eyeliner? And who are we kidding, aren’t Alfred and Lucius clearly a pair of old queens fussing over dressing up their leather-clad protege? Holy Aunt Harriet! “Mamma Mia!” is no less gay, but at least it’s more or less out and proud.
…and got a hearty chuckle.
I have to wonder if Kyle Smith ever saw the ABBA show on Broadway?Â The script sounds pretty consistent with the sold-out stage show’s to me.Â I am proud to say I’m a multiple-Mamma Mia!Â stageÂ fan (NYC, DC, Toronto & London — twice!).
So for all of you oppressed American gays out there, just know that the #1 and #2 movies this weekend are all about you!
PS — Both of these movies are on GP & PatriotPartner’s list.Â Of course I can’t remember the last movie we saw in the theater….