Mamma Mia! (2008)
An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on a Greek island is about to marry off the spirited young daughter she's raised alone. But, the daughter has secretly invited three of her mother's ex-lovers in the hopes of finding her biological father.
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A great movie, one of the best of this year. There was a bit of confusion at one point in the plot, but nothing serious.
It is neither dumb nor smart enough to be fun, and spends way too much time with its boring human characters.
Mamma Mia! follows Donna as her daughter Sophie is soon to be married and doesn't yet know that Sophie has invited her three possible fathers that Donna got with in her past. Watch this music, comedy filled movie as you have your time of your life keeping up with this crazy wedding. This film was well done and creative as the film is an ABBA based musical with most of ABBA's hits. I have enjoyed Mamma Mia! every single time i've watched it and just have grown to love it each and every time. At first the movie was okay to me, though overtime i've became a little obsessed. I highly recommend the film with it's great songs, great acting, and lovely message.Sophie: "I don't care if you slept with hundreds of men. You're my mom, and I love you so much." Donna: "Oh, Soph!...And I haven't slept with hundreds of men."-Donna and Sophie, Mamma Mia!
The pop group Abba did produce great songs and their music has lasted. My daughter loved Abba even when she was a toddler, she was born years after the band had broken up. I had to book tickets for the musical Mamma Mia on a visit to London some years ago because she kept pestering us and she was only 5 years old at the time. This film adaptation of the musical consists of Abba's greatest hits wrapped around a thin story. It really is a greatest hits musical and if you think about it, some of the main cast (Meryl Streep) are too old for the role.Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is getting married in her idyllic Greek island and wants to invite her father. However she has no idea who he is. Her mother Donna (Meryl Streep) had three lovers in a short space of time when she was a young woman and then fell pregnant. Donna has raised Sophie on her own and also ran a dilapidated hotel.By looking at her mum's diary Sophie has tracked down the three men, Bill (Stellan Skarsgard) Harry (Colin Firth) Sam (Pierce Brosnan) and invited them to the island who all come looking for Donna.Obviously Donna would had been a teenager when she had her lovers making her a woman in her early 40s when Sophie gets married. The film is cheesy fun but the songs do come thick and first almost to paper over the cracks in the story and in Donna's hotel. You cannot help getting involved with the fun and silliness as well as listening to Brosnan's singing. You have to laugh at Christine Baranski and Judy Walters trying to entice the men.
I enjoy musicals and have seen the stage version of Mamma Mia which was great. Some movie versions of musicals are also great, like Chicago or Hairspray. But this movie was terrible. The scenery is pretty and ABBA songs are fun but the dance sequences, script, and casting is way off. They cast good actors but most are totally wrong for the roles. Plenty of less know talent that can actually sing and dance well for a musical movie. For me it tainted the Mamma Mia franchise that I had enjoyed until I saw this movie. No idea how they got a sequel story out of this but I don't plan on watching it.
Many musicals don't translate well to get big screen but this one does. It is in essence a love story, rediscovering your roots and discovering who you are. With an all star cast, the movies does not disappoint. With all the fun ABBA tunes mixed in, it's a big party. Don't be ashamed to shout out loud as you become your own dancing queen. Dr. Wilson Trivino