Mamma Mia! The Movie
March 21, 2010
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Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Writers: Catherine Johnson
Producers: Phyllida Lloyd/Judy Craymer/Benny Andersson/Björn Ulvaeus/Tom Hanks/Rita Wilson
Starring: Meryl Streep/Amanda Seyfried/Pierce Brosnan/Colin Firth/Julie Walters/Dominic Cooper/Stellan Skarsgard/Christine Baranski
BBFC Certification: PG
Duration: 110 minutes
An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she’s raised alone. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends—practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya—from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own. On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna’s past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities.
The story was below average and was lacking that spark to grab your attention immediately and also felt like it wasn’t thought through properly, you just didn’t care what happened. The singing was laughable as none of them had decent voices except for maybe Amanda Seyfried, the worst voice being Pierce Brosnan who should stick to what he’s good at. The songs felt like they were placed randomly in the movie. The choreography was quite bad too, there were some scenes in which I felt embarrassed for the characters because of the dancing. The characters were also done poorly as they were one-dimensional and you didn’t really give a hoot for them much. When they weren’t either singing or dancing, the acting was actually decent but an all-star cast couldn’t save this.
I don’t know what it is that attracts people to Mamma Mia! The Movie so much that it has made a lot of money. I’ve seen some musicals in my time and the majority of them I like but this was beyond over-the-top cheesiness and not very good. It was too in-your-face, I felt like the characters were basically screaming “we’re having an awesome time, you’re having an awesome time too” constantly. This movie was supposed to be escapism but instead turned into one long bore. How this made so much money is a mystery to me. As I have said before, nothing could save this.