Sunday, July 20, 2008
The Film Mamma Mia, Abba and a Paleolithic Hootenanny
Last night I went and saw the film 'Mama Mia'. Some of the acting was wooden, the plot was linear, (no highways and byways of complex subplots here). The characters were one dimensional cardboard cutouts in a one dimensional movie, ( no intellectual demands at all ) - and I loved every minute of it and I want to see it again.
I drove home with a huge smile on my face. The smile is still with me today and if I try and make it go away it springs back like a jack in the box. Why? because for all its faults the movie evokes smiling and joy - and smiling and joy are good for you.
Of course the asp like tongues of critics are out already with their typical modern day half and half reviews - the first half talks about the movie, the second half says - look at me, look at me, look at me, I am so witty and clever.
What drives this movie? some fantastic dancing and Abba's music of course - and what makes the music so compelling.? Well I found this explanation which is very interesting:
"The multi tracked harmonies of singers Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad awaken the part of our brains in which our inner caveman is still enjoying a Paleolithic hootenanny with the rest of his clan.
If you look at the evolutionary biology of the species and the chemical reactions we have to events in the world, for tens of thousands of years when we as a species heard music we heard groups singing it, not an individual and not an individual standing on a stage. So the ABBA model of the multiple voices or the Edwin Hawkins Singers singing 'Oh Happy Day' is much closer to stimulating these evolutionary echoes of what music really is, fundamentally."
I say amen to all that and give me a Paleolithic hootenanny anytime - its really good for the facial muscles.
Oh, I almost forgot - the reason why I initially went to see the film was to see the famous historic yacht called the Tai - Mo - Shan which plays a role in the film. You can read about this ketch soon on my sailing Blog (Find the link on the right hand side of this page - SimplySailing).