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Mamma Mia Review: I absolutely loved the screen adaptation of Mamma Mia! The look of it was gorgeous, never has a Greek island looked so beautiful! I loved Meryl Streep as Donna, she cam across as an honest and good-hearted character. I loved Amanda ans Sophie and my only big casting problem was Pierce Brosnan, you may want to cover your ears when he sings, he’s horrible. Some of the songs seemed a bit forced in the storyline, but some of them felt at home. I saw an advanced screening and the sound wasn’t very good but that could have been because of the spot where we were sitting. The movie was ultimate feel good! I loved it! It was very bright and bouncy the whole time. I didn’t feel that there was one slow moment in the movie! I think my favorite moment in the movie was definitely Dancing Queen. It was spectacular.
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Mamma Mia Review by sofie-17: Surprisingly good
Went to see Mamma Mia without particularly high expectations. Not being a big connoisseur (or even fan) of musicals, I didn’t really know what to expect. Though I adore ABBA, I never bothered to watch the stage production of Mamma Mia. But having a cinema membership, I didn’t have much to lose (no money, at least), so I went for it. And boy, am I glad that I did! I can safely say that I enjoyed every second of it. And I’m not even ashamed to admit it!
Give Meryl Streep another Oscar and get it over with already. If she could get a nod for the Devil Wears Prada, she definitely deserves one for this. She really let her hair down on this one. Mrs. Streep can obviously not pass for a trained singer, but somehow, it just doesn’t seem to matter. It just really worked in the movie (unlike -say- Helena Bonham Carter’s singing in Sweeney Todd). When I heard Meryl’s rendition of “The winner takes it all” in advance, it lowered my expectations considerably, but in its context, it totally made sense.
Most of all though, this movie was just sheer fun. People were clapping, laughing…Rarely have I seen an audience as enthusiastic. The crowd especially responded well to Meryl and her two cronies (arguably the strongholds of the movie). Also, because I had never seen the musical before, I was amazed (and amused) at the inventive ways in which they managed to incorporate so many ABBA-songs. Equally brilliant was the way the extras (usually some Greek old women) were deployed throughout the movie…And then of course the setting (beautiful Greece) was mesmerizing…
Basically, Mamma Mia is a superb musical that doesn’t take itself too seriously. If you’re just a little bit crazy and want to have a good laugh, if you love ABBA, want to see Meryl Streep like you’ve never seen her before or if you simply have a secret crush on Colin Firth and/or Pierce Brosnan (his singing was nothing short of hilarious), you will LOVE this movie. Best summer flick so far. Warmly recommended.
Mamma Mia Review by fionaallen: Brilliant feel good laugh out loud film
I saw this film at the screening on Sunday and was not too sure of what to expect from it. I hadn’t seen the west end show so was not really aware of the story line but that really did not matter.
As soon as the first song started I was loving it! The actors may not be that great at singing but does it matter?! They are actors after all and this is not the west end! The actors play the parts really well and make fun of themselves at the same time. The story line is fun and has laughs for all ages. Julie Waters is her fantastic self in it and Meryl Streep plays the mother really well. The dance scenes are great and well put together. Loads of people in the cinema were singing and dancing in their seats so just enjoy it and have some laughs for a few hours.
If you take it for what it is, a fun laugh out loud film with good actors and fantastic songs, then you will enjoy this film so much.I suspect that this will be a summer box office hit! Enjoy it and have fun – you may need your tissues though as I’m pretty sure some of you will be crying with laughter at some of the scenes.
Mamma Mia Review by Al Rodbell: Vaudeville, but not “Musical Theater”
I love musicals, all of them, from joyous Oklahoma, to Poignant Porgy and Bess, to the touching romantic “Damn Yankees.” And I know most of the songs, sometimes singing them spontaneously, with a crowd or humming them alone.
In a “real” musical, as differentiated from this vaudeville show, every song is painstakingly crafted to fit the exact moment. It is an expression of sadness, regret, love, joy or exaltation–a natural extension where mere words fail. So, in Guys and Dolls, “My Time of Day” describes the adventurous life of Sky Masterson as it is about to be compromised by the most unlikely woman. Every song in this brilliant exemplar of the genre sets a mood, or develops a character, creating a phantasmagoria of place, turned absolutely believable by the self disclosing evocations of song.
For this lover of the Broadway Musical, and their adaptations to the screen during the last half of the 20th century, Mama Mia is somewhere between satire and a cruel fun house distortion of the genre. There, the songs of these musicals advanced the often elaborate, often delightful, plot lines. While here, the songs, simply picked up from a collection, only interfered with the shaky premise of the film.
Perhaps most of those viewers who are making this film into a monumental success simply have no exposure to the art form of 20th century Musicals. They have no idea of the magic performed by writer and lyricist that can turn a dance hall floozy into someone whom we know and love, as achieved in “Sweet Charity.”
Let me offer an apology for the arrogance of this review. Perhaps, another day, another mood, I could have gotten into it, and not have been so critical in this review.
But I can’t help but imagining what Richard Roger, Oscar Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and so many others could have done even with with this silly premise. I think about it, while the memories of seeing this film is fresh, and I can not help but to mourn the great loss.
Mamma Mia Review by rayclister: James Bond needs singing lessons!
I did enjoy this romp in the Greek Islands and was surprised at how well Meryl Streep sang. It’s light, full of froth and bubble and perhaps has some aspects of Grease and Bollywood in it. The reason the music works I feel is that they haven’t really messed with the arrangements of the songs keeping them generally faithful to the Abba originals. But Pierce Brosnan’s vocal efforts were abysmal, almost laughable. Perhaps it was meant to be a send up of the original songs all the way through but he really did manage to mangle the vocals in my opinion. If you have seen the musical on stage you will know what to expect and there are some funny moments in the film and the Greek islands are as always a superb backdrop for the action.
Mamma Mia Review by Kristine: Good light hearted fun for the summer
With this big opening weekend either you’re going to see the darker film The Dark Knight or you are going to see something more light hearted like Mamma Mia! Now I work at a movie theater, a lot of people were just assuming that everyone was going to see The Dark Knight, yesterday someone came up disappointed saying “my show sold out”… I looked at her with a smiling face and said “oh, yeah, dark knight, I know”… she said “no, mamma mia”, I looked up all surprised, Mamma Mia sold out as well, people were really looking forward to this movie as well. I did see this movie on Saturday and really enjoyed it, as cheesy as it was, I do enjoy musicals, I think the only thing is that this this is the happiest musical that I have ever seen. So it was nice to just sit there and be happy with these characters and you can’t help but laugh at the predicaments that they get themselves into.
Sophie is a young woman who is about to tie the knot with her loving and adventurous fiancée, Sky, her life is great. She has a very loving mother, Donna, who is running a broke down hotel in Greece and used to be in a girl group called The Donna’s. Sophie has one problem, she has never met her dad, she finds her mom’s diary and discovers that she has three potential fathers. She invites them all to the wedding putting her mom’s name on the invitation. So the three men: Sam, Harry, and Bill come to see her and Sophie is caught in a situation where she doesn’t know who’s her real dad, but they end up having the time of their lives and enjoying life together.
Mamma Mia is the light hearted comedy that I’m sure any musical lover could enjoy. I loved how well paced it was and how the cast looked like they had the ultimate time making this film, that’s what made it so much fun. This film also brings a lot of fun energy into you and just keeps you smiling. The songs were very catchy, which I know this musical was based on the songs of Abba, so we have that good old 70’s groove going on. I would recommend Mamma Mia, if you’re looking to smile, laugh, and dance, I’m sure you’ll love to see Mamma Mia. It’s a sweet film with the cheesy plot that is so much fun to laugh at, plus it has men in speedo’s who are dancing like crazy, where can you go wrong with that? OK, you can, but it’s all good.
Mamma Mia Review by Martin Bradley: I’m Coming Out … the year’s guiltiest pleasure.
I have a confession to make that could land me in serious trouble here. I love this movie with a love bordering on the unnatural. Of course, I hear you saying, that can only mean one thing; you’re a gay man of a certain age and if you haven’t come out of the closet already. you’re coming out now, and wearing sequins at the same time. No straight man, I hear you say, could love this movie with this kind of unbridled passion, so if you have aspirations to being a 100% red-blooded heterosexual male, (is there such a thing?), then keep any fondness for “Mama Mia” to yourself; you will automatically be suspect. Of course, I could just as easily be a teenage girl, (it’s a chick flick, after all), and be in equally serious difficulties with my peers, for loving “Mama Mia” would then mean I had already turned into my mother, for this is a chick flick for the older chick and no mistake.
I had avoided it on stage. I have never been a fan of ‘juke-box’ musicals where a plot is conjured up around a set of songs by a well-known group or artist. And my undiminished love of Abba, (there, I’m out of the closet – happy now?), made me shy away from, rather than run to, a show where their greatest hits were sung, karaoke-style, by others. But something drew me to the movie. Perhaps it was Meryl, (if Meryl liked it, it can’t be that bad, I kept saying to myself). Perhaps it was the locations, (it all takes place on a very travelogue Greek isle). Perhaps, ultimately, it was the songs, (who isn’t a dancing queen, after all). Nevertheless, going to “Mama Mia”, the movie, was still like dipping my toe in the water before deciding if I wanted to do a full length of the pool. The last thing I expected was to fall head over heels, to turn into a blubbering mess, to turn into the oldest dancing queen on the block and into my mother all at the same time. “Mama Mia” is a guilty pleasure, (no self-respecting cineaste should ever admit to even liking this movie, never mind loving it), but as guilty pleasures go, this is the best junk meal you are ever likely to have.
It’s director, Phyllida Law, did it on the stage so at least she is familiar with the material, but she is new to movies and after the mess Susan Stroman made of “The Producers” I didn’t really expect anything, but while “The Producers” was stagey,(and not in an appealing way), “Mama Mia” is genuinely cinematic. Lloyd’s idea of film-making may be to let her camera roam all over the place, (she seems to have an MTV mentality), but she also knows how to build a production number. This is a fully-fledged musical of the old school. And now I am beginning to see the light. It’s OK, guys, you can admit to liking “Mama Mia” without worrying too much about revealing your sexuality. Straight men are allowed to like musicals, too, aren’t they? Then, of course, there are those songs, the ones we grew up loving. I read somewhere that Abba didn’t write great songs because no-one covered them, unlike, say, Lennon and McCartney; that what made Abba’s songs ‘great’ was the Abba sound. There may be something in that; the ‘Abba sound’ produced some of the greatest pop ever. Arguably, the songs that Abba, (and by Abba, I mean Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson), wrote and recorded are the greatest pop songs we’ve been given. So how do they work coming from the mouths of people who, effectively, aren’t singers? (Ok, Meryl, we all know you can sing and act and probably split the atom at the same time, and the girl who plays her daughter, Amanda Seyfried, sounds very pleasant to the ear). Well, the answer is bloody marvelous. Most of these songs sound as if they were written for the film and not the other way round; in other words, they fit the plot in the way that songs in a good musical should and they are good enough to stand on their own.
These are Broadway show-tunes and they aren’t wholly reliant on ‘the Abba sound’. So what if Julie Walters and Stellan Skarsgard croak their way through ‘Take a Chance on Me’; by the time they get around to it I would have taken a chance on anyone. So Pierce Brosnan can’t sing? Neither can Tom Waits or Leonard Cohen and yet we love them to bits. (Actually, Brosnan can just about manage to hold a tune and he makes a fairer fist of it than Lee Marvin or Clint Eastwood did in “Paint your Wagon”). And Meryl, of course, is wonderful. Our greatest living actress is having fun here. This is her first fully-fledged musical: I just wondered what took her so long, (her rendition of ‘The Winner takes it All’ is one of the great solo performances in any musical).
But does any of this justify my over-whelming and totally inexplicable passion? Probably not, which is why it is inexplicable. It’s not a ‘great’ movie, (although it could just be a ‘great’ musical); it often feels like a bunch of friends’ best ever holiday video where they keep bursting into song with fully orchestrated backing, and it gives a totally new meaning to the term ‘Greek Chorous’. So, obviously I am a middle-aged gay man with a full wardrobe of seventies gear. (I certainly haven’t turned into my mother!). I mean, what other explanation can there be? Oh, I’ve just thought of one. It is a great movie musical and it’s a terrific way to spend an evening. So I can now safely go back into my closet if I can find room among all the sequins and seventies gear.