ABBA The Movie is a handsomely-produced, smooth, fast and wittily-edited musical entertainment that, in Lasse Hallstrom’s script and direction, is both a bit of a documentary of Swedish group ABBA’s Australian tour and of its four personable performers background and work methods. There’s also a slight but funny story about an Aussie disk-jockey’s chasing of the group and being most of the way thwarted in his attempts to do a taped interview with the Swedes.
The Australian actors perform with obvious gusto. So does ABBA as a group whereas they have not wished to attempt any acting.
Apart from glimpses of them receiving adoring crowds of fans, they are seen mostly doing their stage work.