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Slated for release in July ’08, this is the film version of the current Broadway ‘hot ticket’ show with Merryl Streep getting top billing on this one. I knew this would happen; noting the wild success of the film adaptation of ‘Hairspray’, I predicted there would soon be a glut of theatre titles reworked for the big screen, the latest of which being ‘Sweeney Todd’ with Johnny Depp in the title role. Brace yourselves for some really bad movies in the near future.

I love the fact that ABBA’s music is used in the show, but for now that’s the ONLY redeeming quality of this show. I suppose I’m sick to death of being beaten over the head with the hype. “Hottest seller on Broadway!”, “Best show in years!” are some examples I see when the national touring company reaches my area and the commercials start running non-stop. It’s not enough to persuade me; as I said, I like ABBA, but I’m not shelling out hard-earned cash to hear music I can hear in my car for free.

Keep trying, Hollywood! Maybe one day you’ll come up with something I actually want to see. Having said that, I *do* plan to see the upcoming live-action adaptation of ‘Speed Racer’ with Emile Hirsch in the title role, simply for nostalgia’s sake to see if they do it up right.

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