I wish I was older so that I could have enjoyed ABBA the first time around. This ‘movie’ has taken a lot of flack over the years, and as a movie, it is lacking. But view it more as a documentary, with lots of live music from the Australia tour, and it's a cracker. Glad it was re-leased on DVD.
This movie brilliantly captures ABBA mania (aliken to The Beatle mania a decade before) in Australia during the height of their popularity there.
The film was directorial feature film debut for Lasse Hallstrom, who previously recorded most of the group's music videos. Later he went on to do feature films “My Life As A Dog”, “Chocolat”, “Casanova” among others.
The main emphasis are the concerts across Australia with a weak plot to tie them together, forgo that and you have historical record of the shows and behind the scenes. Still watchable and enjoyable, but don't expect an uninterrupted complete concert, just a mishmash of them.
The butterfly effect was the first used in any movie and later appeared in “Superman – The Movie”.
- Standard Edition
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