“..can we sing something by the Carpenters?”

As Sarah Carey says, “Peter Bradshaw’s review is a hoot.” So maybe it’s not just me.. There is something about a well written review of a bad movie. Particularly when that movie, complete with a very high-profile cast, has already been receiving free and uncritical publicity. From said review

This is Planet Abba or Abbaworld. The characters are forever dancing and smiling and bursting into Abba songs like Stepford cyborgs when you flip the secret panel behind their heads and press the Life-Affirming Behaviour button. An Abba instrumental is even used when the bride walks up the aisle, instead of Handel. And nobody ever says: “Oh for Gawd’s sake, just for a change, can we sing something by the Carpenters?”