Mamma Mia! (2008)

‘Mamma Mia’ is a classic musical loved by so many and for very good reason! There’s a mix of emotional songs, some fun songs, strong powerful songs, and so many others! All of them begging for the audience to appreciate and sing along to. And all of them originate from the well-known band Abba. I’m going to be honest here, you’re either a fan or you’re not, simple as. Personally, I am a fan. Having seen the movie repeatedly and even seen it in theatre, it’s obvious this is going to be a good review.

Now I’m assuming most people will know what this film is about. But just in case there are a few out there who have no idea then here we go. There’s a small island where Donna (Meryl Streep) runs a hotel. Her daughter is Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), due to be wed to Sky (Dominic Cooper). Que the wedding, and who does Sophie invite secretly? Her father. But small problem, she doesn’t know who he is. It’s one of three; Sam (Pierce Brosnan), Bill (Stellan Skarsgard) or Harry (Colin Firth). She’s clearly struggling for identity, trying to find herself in her father (A-Level English Literature really changes the way you see films). She tries to hide the men so she can figure out which one is her father, meanwhile a secret starts to roll where she doesn’t tell her fiancé or mother, but Donna discovers they’re there in a ‘Mamma Mia’ situation so confusion hits as she is presented with her three ex’s; the whole time when a wedding is in preparation.

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I love this film, it really is a feel-good watch. Plus all the songs are amazing. The classic ‘Dancing Queen’ to boost the morale of Donna, hilarious moments from her two best friends, Tanya (Christine Baranski) and Rosie (Julie Walters). Two characters that even though they are parallel opposites are a brilliant addition to the film to get the audience laughing and routing for them, whether it be Tanya pushing away a guy in ‘Does Your Mother Know?’, or Rosie desperately clinging onto her man in ‘Take a Chance on Me’; both memorable moments to love. Or perhaps going to a powerful song sung beautifully by Meryl Streep where she finally gives in in ‘The Winner Takes it All’. Not forgetting an emotional song of a daughter growing up sung by the mother, ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’. Another fantastic song portraying the love between Sophie and Sky in ‘Lay All Your Love on Me’. And you can never forget the classic ‘Mamma Mia’! I haven’t even gone anywhere near the amount of songs there are; but just to show the variety and that they all are ones to enjoy, there you go. And all amazingly sung!

Phyllida Lloyd really has created an enjoyable film to watch with a mix of songs to appreciate, but also brilliant actors and actresses, many of them recognisable. Meryl Streep is of course amazing, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a film she has been awful in and I would never expect to. Amanda Seyfried, again brilliant, personally I’ve watched quite a lot of films of hers, she is probably one of my favourite actresses (especially that she does films that I like, for example ‘Letters to Juliet’), but also that I can rely on her being good in it. The three fathers are all huge actors, all should be recognisable to most people. The best obviously being the outstanding Colin Firth! And there’s also Julie Walters, Mrs Weasley in a very different situation. Julie Walters is brilliant in this film, additionally so is Christine Baranski, like I’ve said before they are both hilarious and add so much to the comedy of the film. So as you can see, an amazing cast!

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Understandably and certainly I would recommend this film over and over again; even if it’s just to watch it at least once in your life. I understand you have to love musicals so I get when people say they would hate it, but this, ‘Grease’ and ‘Hairspray’ are the best musicals in my opinion, and if these can’t change your opinion on musicals then none can. But anyway, if you appreciate the musical, then watch away, watch Sophie struggle with her fathers, or Donna with her ex’s. It’s a fantastic family film, that’s full of humour and romance. Plus it will get you singing, you have to!

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