Super Trouper

Back in January to February, our family watched  Mamma Mia for weeks and we definitely caught a family Mamma Mia bug (aside from the extended Frozen bug, of course). Lyndel sang Chooper Trouper (Super Trouper) around the house and even requested it for his bedtime lullabye. My office buddy already asked me how long will I keep on singing Mamma Mia songs.  I’m kinda late in the game because I wasn’t able to watch this movie in 2008.  It was Mamma Mia overload! Even  until now, Lyndel stills sings some of the songs.

Why do I love this movie so much?

Mamma Mia

Image source: http://mammamia.abbaomnibus.net/posters.htm

 Easy on the eyes        

Everything looks and feels so serene, charming and enchanting. From the clear blue waters surrounding the island contrasting the white walls to the quaint blue shutters in Donna’s villa. It’s exactly the idyllic dream vacation that I have in mind. (I really wanted to post a photo below but I can’t seem to find one in the internet) 

The charming cast        

Critics can say what they want about how  some of the cast members are unfit for their roles but I don’t care. To me, they are wonderful, charming, funny and all the nice adjectives I could think of!

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Image source: http://mammamia.abbaomnibus.net/

And of course, the music. As I said earlier, our whole household was in an ABBA LSS for the longest time. I also love how the characters break into a song naturally. It doesn’t sound forced to me (unlike the 80s Filipino musical movies with tacky song numbers and awkward dance routines)What I love most is Donna and the Dynamos’ Super Trouper performance during Sophie’s bachelorette party. I particularly love this line:

Tonight the
Super Trouper
Beams are gonna blind me
But I won’t feel blue
Like I always do
‘Cause somewhere in the crowd
There’s you

Believe it or not, everytime I watched the movie and it came to that scene, I always felt a lump in my throat (if not teary-eyed). I have felt such a strong connection with this scene because I felt the powerful love between Sophie (Amanda Seyfried)  and Donna (Meryl Streep). From the way they looked at each, from the way Sophie looked when Donna sang the last line: ‘”‘Cause somewhere in the crowd there’s you”. And there’s the unspoken feeling of loneliness know that one will leave the other as Sophie starts a new chapter in her life.

As you can see in the photo below, Donna is gingerly applying nail polish on Sophie’s nails. This somehow reminds me when first-time Moms bathe their  babies, change their nappies, feed them, play with them and so on. This scene somehow signifies Donna’s longing for her daughter who is getting married and will possibly make a family of her own. It’s as if Donna is somehow wishing for time to stand still so she can take care of Sophie just the way she did for the past 25 or so years of her life. But of course, as with everything in life, things change, kids grow up and leave the house to start their own lives.

Image source: theguardian.com
Image source: theguardian.com

Maybe this really gets to me because I’m already a Mom now and I know how it feels to be overwhelmed by your love to your child. What makes me more emotional about this is my realization about how my Mom gave up everything for me: she had a rising career in Makati Med when she had me but she gave it all up just to look after me. While I was growing up, I never knew that story. All I knew was that my parents moved back to Mindanao after they had me. I just learned a few years ago that the big reason for their big move was ME. Looking back, I’ve realized how great a parent’s love is and how it possesses such a great power in molding a child.

I always pray that God will always guide me to the best parent that I can be to my son (and hopefully future daughter or another son). I am so grateful that my parents raised me to the best person I could possibly be and I’m paying it forward by striving to be a good example to my child.

 How about you? What’s your favorite movie these days? 

 

Comments

  1. The first time I saw Mama Mia, I was so impressed with Meryl Streep’s singing! Seriously, is there anything she can’t do? :)

    I keep watching it for the music!

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