Saturday, July 19, 2008

I Want to See That Movie!

By Kate

Confession time. I like ABBA music. I like the bouncy disco beat, and the harmony, and the lyrics that make me smile – or even cry a few times. And I like to sing along with their songs while driving in my car. Alone. (I wouldn't subject my family to my warbling.)

So, naturally, I have to see MAMA MIA!

I love Meryl Streep. Also Pierce Brosnin and Colin Firth (Ohhhh, Mr. Darcy!) But they're not the main reason I'm going. It's to feel happy. ABBA music makes me feel happy. Musicals make me feel happy. (Sales of my book also make me happy, but that's another topic.)

The other day on The Today Show the hosts were discussing how some big name movie stars have failed to draw audiences to their movies this season, and it got me to wondering why, if those actors were such box office draws, people didn't make the effort to see them. Which made me analyze my own reasons for going to the movies. And I came to the conclusion that it's not about the actors. It's about the story -- or music, in the case of MAMA MIA!, CHICAGO, etc.

I've seen some great independent movies this past year that had no big name actors in them. In fact, I hadn't heard of most of the actors, and after watching the movies, I wondered why. Surely they had as much, if not more, talent than many top actors. For instance, there's LARS AND THE REAL GIRL. I'd heard of Ryan Gosling, of course, but had never seen him. Or the other actors in the movie. But I have to say, it was one of the better movies I've seen this year. (I rented it, btw.)

Do you think maybe we are over-saturated with information about the big name actors, so they've ceased to be novelties? I mean, when Clark Gable starred in a movie, everyone went to see him because that's the only place he could be seen.

Why do you go to a movie? Is it for the movie itself, or for the actors in it? Or both?