I don‘t know any person who wouldn‘t know the Swedish pop band called ABBA. People might not be familiar with their music (though at least one song they should know), but they must have heard the name of the band – ABBA. So today I‘m discussing „ABBA: The Movie“. Though it is more of a concert than a film (actually, at this point I don‘t know which is right: a film interrupted with concert, or concert interrupted with the film that introduces us to some facts from the band‘s biography), but it has a descent plotline – a radio journalist (or as it was called in the film disc jockey) had to cover up the biggest music stars of that time, because it meant a lot to make an interview with such a huge stars (well, it is still a big deal today too) and it takes place in Australia (just to show us how huge this band was / is).
Looking back at the band that reached its peak back in 1970s it is crazy to realize all this psychosis over them. I mean it‘s huge, it‘s insane. It‘s fascinating how easily a pop band from Sweden could take over the entire world. What oh what made them SOOO phenomenal? ABBA – four people that made beautiful, melodic music. People who spread actual happiness, joy and excitement with and through their music. Superstars – without any kind of doubt. Sincerity of their songs made them superstars.
Looking at them performing you get this nice and warm feeling. I can‘t explain neither why or how this feeling rises up. There‘s something bright and warm about them. I also feel nostalgic when I hear them sing. Though I don‘t know why, because I was born long after they‘ve split. They had so much to give to the people and they did. Maybe they did it too fast, that‘s why it lasted not that long. Actually, I can‘t even imagine them still going on, performing all together, singing all these energetic songs. I mean, that could have happened, I just don‘t imagine it. Can‘t imagine it.
Today, this film is a great chance to hear, see and enjoy those beautiful songs by ABBA that are loved by millions of people all over the world up to this day. Plus, can‘t go on without mentioning that markerwise ABBA machine functioned extremely well and it still does work successfully. Watching in this film all this merchandising insanity makes me think these guys must have had great people at marketing. Anyway, this film gives us – born so much later than 1970s, 1980s and beyond see how it all was used to be: preparing for a huge shows back in the day. Those were the great days 🙂
Loved to see the difficulties of a journalist‘s job back in a day. I don‘t say it is an easy job today, but face it, back then it was so much harder, these reel-to-reel tape recorders – my God… No mobile phones, laptops, internet, travelling difficulties – the main character always late to take an interview and he can‘t contact no one to make an appointment and poor guy chases the band for the week. Insane. Not to mention that this job is really intense and dynamic: all these deadlines,idifficult interviews, people… Today it as actually even more intense and dynamic (despite all this technological superiority) due to enormous amount of information that comes and changes so fastly. But eventually the main character wins. Yay!
What to say at the end? I‘ll just end with the words of one of ABBA‘s songs, because they fit here the most: „Thank you, ABBA, for the music, songs you sang and thank you for all the joy you brought to us. Thank you for your music, for giving it to us“.