Sergio Leone aside, Lasse Hallstrom’s ABBA: THE MOVIE is one of the best damn uses of the 2.35 : 1 aspect ratio ever. I hope I’m not spoiling the first reel of the film, but the movie opens with a few fairly static pillarbox shots of the Austrailian outback and a conversation in a radio station office. And then BAMN, we explode into full cinemascope and four channel sound as Abba are flying to Australia for the tour of a lifetime.
Look at this photo! Could they be any more lovely? Framed perfectly in a white light, bringing cheer Down Under. I’ve always thought Abba was fun, but this movie made me love them unconditionally, and without irony. You can’t see this on video, so don’t even think of missing this rare screening.