When I was younger, I was obsessed with Mamma Mia. I played the cast recording so much, my friends probably got sick of it. Looking back, I can’t say I blame them.
So when Randy Rainbow released his parody of “Mamma Mia”, all the nostalgia came rushing back. And, politics aside, Randy Rainbow is hilarious. I always get excited when I recognize the songs in his parodies.
This is a good movie, but it’s hard to follow because it jumps around a lot – it’s difficult to tell what’s a flashback and what’s present day – although it does seem to be a frame story. It begins with Jo writing her story and ends with her publishing it.
Each March sister gets her own vignette, and the vignettes tie the story together. Meg (Emma Watson) is the oldest, and she marries for love, regardless of status. Jo (Saoirse Ronan) is the writer, a free spirit who doesn’t think about love until it’s almost too late. Amy (Florence Pugh) is the drama queen who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to get it. Beth (Eliza Scanlen) is the youngest, innocent, a gifted piano player, and, unfortunately, sick for most of the movie. The head of the house – at least while their father is away fighting the war is Marmee, their mother (Laura Dern).
And of course, there’s Aunt March (Meryl Streep). She’s the crotchety old lady who has to have things just so. Streep’s make-up was really good; it made her look really old – appropriately old for the character.
Theodoore “Laurie” Laurence (Timothée Chalamet) might be described as the general love interest in the story. He starts off as a bit of a bad boy, but by the end of the movie, he’s changed his ways.
The theme of this movie is family – the March sisters might not have much, but they have each other. It’s definitely a warm and fuzzy feel good movie.
After watching A Quiet Place for the sake of Emily Blunt, I realized it wouldn’t really be fair if I didn’t go down her husband’s rabbit hole as well. I knew he got his start on the office, but that’s where my John Krasinski knowledge ended.
So I started watching the show, and I was already on season 3 when Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey – two other stars of the office – decided to start their podcast about it called Office Ladies. I backed all the way up to season 1 so I could watch along with the podcast.
Each week, Pam and Angela – Fischer and Kinsey, respectively – watch an episode of the show and break it down. The show is about an hour, but it’s worth it to hear all the fun behind-the-scenes anecdotes. It’s also interesting to learn what it’s like to work on TV. I just finished listening to season 1, and they’ve already started to break down season 2.
If you love the office as much as I have come to, you’ll really enjoy this podcast.