Rating: PG-13 / Genre: Comedy, Musical / Starring: Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfriend, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth / Directed By: Phyllida Lloyd / Written By: Catherine Johnson / Edited By: Lesley Walker / Released: June 30th, 2008 / Runtime: 109 minutes / Studio: Universal Pictures
My Rating: 3.5/5
Donna (Meryl Streep), an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, is preparing for her daughter’s wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile Sophie, the spirited bride, has a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hope of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle on her big day.
It’s hard to believe that this film is 10 years old this year! How did that happen?
What I admire about this musical is how remarkable it is the way they were able to weave Mamma Mia’s songs into a fully-fledged story. The story is entertaining and light-hearted. There’s nothing else quite like it, that’s for sure! And the choreography is amusing and sure to make you smile in spite of yourself.
Then there’s that one question still on everyone’s mind…Who thought having Pierce Brosnan singing was a good idea? *face-palms*. James Bond no more! And then there’s Colin Firth in all his bumbling awkwardness. *face-palms again*. The laughs are plentiful but maybe not for all the reasons the film set out to create them…
The casting isn’t all bad. Meryl Streep is always wonderful. And Amanda Seyfried is a great leading lady as well, who can sing well. Julie Walters is another amusing and excellent edition to the cast. Her and Christine Baranski’s characters make quite a pair. They are one of the best parts of the film in my opinion.
I cringe watching this film. I really, really do. But it’s not all bad.