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Pick the Boomer. Yeah sure, it’s nice that that the Dead Xer is getting raves as the Joker. Even some Oscar buzz, but you know that will fade. Sympathy and all that. Even if Ledger IS that good, Mamma Mia should be your first choice.
Movie stars seldom achieve real fame after they are dead. They are about the only artists whose value doesn’t go up after overdosing on fame or fortune. Or in Ledger’s case, drugs.
So go with the Boomer. Streep has given truly memorable performances in a dozen cases:
- The Deer Hunter
- Kramer vs. Kramer
- Sophie’s Choice
- Out of Africa – one of my top three all time favorite movies
- The Bridges of Madison County
- The Devil Wears Prada
She’s had some less than stellar performances too, but who cares. If anybody else gives us 1/2 the entertainment in a lifetime, there would be buildings named for them.
Mamma Mia is just a boatload of fun. The musical is one that I would see over and over. I bought the sound track CD and it has been in constant rotation in my car.
I loved the movie. What’s not to like about ABBA singing? Scenery from the Greek Islands, a Boomer in a major roll singing and dancing and cavorting around. Just a whole lot of fun! Go see it. The DVD will be OK, but the sound in a theater adds to the experience.
Then go see one of the touring stage plays. They are playing in Peoria! Imagine all that fun stuff taking place on a stage. It happens and it’s special. The stage performance is even more entertaining.
UPDATE: Here are the nine types of guys that will go see Mamma Mia instead of Dark Knight. I never said I wouldn’t see Dark Knight, Saturday is looking pretty good, since Nancy will be gone ( 🙂 ) So I guess there is a tenth: the guy that choses to see both and doesn’t really give a flip what anybody thinks.