First it was a song, then it was a Broadway Musical and now it is a Movie; Mamma Mia was dubbed ‘the ultimate feel-good film of the year’ back in 2008, and personally I think that is true. If you have a strong dislike of musicals or perhaps you’re not a Meryl Streep fan, this film is obviously not for you, but if you have no such prejudice I challenge you to watch this film without singing along… out loud or in your head.
Amanda Seyfried (Mean Girls, Letters to Juliet, Les Misérables) plays the role of a young woman, Sophie, about to get married but feels she must find the identity of her real father. However, trouble comes when she finds her Mum, Donna’s (played by Meryl Streep) diary which states there are 3 possible fathers. She secretly invites them all to her wedding, claiming to be Donna, but who will show? And more importantly, will she find out who her biological father really is?
With pinch of comedy, a dab of romance and a handful of songs, the lure of an Abba musical is too much to resist. There cannot be a person over the age of 12 that doesn’t know at least one Abba song, which allows both parents and children to enjoy an easy-going film… especially with the sing-a-long version!
With a star-studded cast: Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård and Julie Walters to name but a few, it is difficult not to fall for their devilish charm and superb acting, however some of the actors (not naming names… Firth) couldn’t carry the tune as well as others but it didn’t necessarily take away from the enjoyment of the film either. The camera angles were very accommodating of the beautiful landscape surrounding the island which along with the fast-pace storyline is a sure winner for the entire family.
Overall Rating: ★★★