Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Potential Threat

This week sees the soundtrack for the "Mamma Mia" movie at number one in the Billboard album chart and also in Australia. It is number 2 in the UK compilation charts. "Now That's what I call Music 70" is number 1. Abba however are number one in the "regular" album chart with "Abba: Gold" which has been around for years. "Mamma Mia" the movie is currently number 5 in the US where it has made $107 million to date. I have been to see the film at the cinema twice now and could easily go again, it really is the most feel good movie of the year. I think a major part of it's continuing success is that it appeals to both young and older cinema fans, because of the characters of the friends of both mother (Donna) and bride to be (Sophie). One of the positive aspects of the soundtrack is that the album actually features the songs sung by the actors in the film, something that dosen't always happen. A case being with the "Chicago" movie soundtrack where the album featured versions by Macy Gray and Anastasia. I think I still love "Honey Honey" the most but there are loads of good songs or rather any that that the three male leads don't sing solo. One of my favourite scenes was with Sky (Dominic Cooper) and Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) when they sing "Lay All Your Love On Me". Both actors really give the scene and song their all. That scene all ends in complete silliness with Sky's friends doing a male can-can chorus. It will be interesting to see in which direction the careers of Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper will go now. I love Amanda Seyfried's voice in the film, I could easily go and see her in a show or concert. Dominic Cooper's voice isn't as good but it's not bad and his singing suits his character, as is the way of most of the male characters in the film. Dominic Cooper will next be seen in cinemas in "The Dutchess" with Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes. If the film is any good it will really make the year end on a high profile note for all concerned but especially Dominic Cooper. He's 30 years old but looks younger and therefore could play a variety of roles. If his next 2 or 3 projects are also well selected he could easily be a major name for the next decade, something that fellow British actor James McAvoy is excelling at recently. Both actors starred as friends in the comedy "Starter for Ten", a British film, that deserved a bigger audience than it got on it's cinema release. Dominic is pictured below, with his "The History Boys" co-star James Corden at the Tony Awards in New York 2 years ago. While James is looking almost statesman serious, Dominic looks like he had a Babycham too many. Bless!
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