The cards that the kids gave me were so adorable, the messages were really heartfelt and beautiful. I am so lucky to have such awesome kids, they really have turned out to be very cool individuals that I am just so proud of.
Zoe and I headed into town for lunch with my eldest sister and mum, followed by a visit to Her Majesty's theatre to see the latest local offering - Miss Saigon. I really didn't know anything about Miss Saigon, so I was surprised when it turned out to be a tale about a Vietnamese hooker that gets herself knocked up after a two week affair with an American GI.
Firstly, it seems pretty irresponsible for a prostitute to be having unprotected sex and secondly, she went a little bunny boiler over this guy that she had only known for two weeks; obsessing over him for years to come. But, if you can throw all logic out the window and ignore her Glenn Close-esque behaviours and just take in the incredible singing and dancing, then you'll get a lot out of it. Mum bawled her eyes out the end, so she clearly felt moved by it, perhaps I am just too cynical for my own good.
All things said and done, it was a really nice Mother's Day. I haven't gone out for lunch for ages and I certainly haven't been to see any live theatre for over twelve months, so that was a treat. It is nice to know that all of my efforts don't go unnoticed and that my kids think that I am doing a decent enough job to deserve some pampering from time to time.
Release Date: 2008
Running Time: 108 mins
I would be lying my arse off I said that I didn't really like this musical, because as much as I hate to admit it, I bloody loved it! I was singing along with all of the songs and laughing out loud at the all of the antics, I just had a really good time with this film. Adapted from the West End Broadway musical of the same name and built around the successful songs from ABBA, Mamma Mia! was met with mixed reviews, which can only be expected, I mean not everyone likes ABBA songs, so it was always going to be a risky venture.
Young Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is about to get married. She discovers that her father could be one of three men from her mother's past (Skellan Skarsgard, Pierce Brosnan or Colin Firth). So Sophie goes behind her mother's (Meryl Streep) back and invites them all to the small Greek island that they live on to celebrate her wedding day.
Keep in mind that this is a musical, and it plays out like one. The script has been constructed around the songs, so it does go off in some pretty random directions, but it's just so much fun. It's completely exaggerated and utterly silly, but if you are a fan of ABBA hits, well you are just going to love it!
FINAL SAY: The winner takes it all.
3 Chili Peppers