This Friday our Natasha brings us the movie phenomenon that is MAMMA MIA!
I don't think it's because I am 'of-a-certain-age' I like this movie - although it might be. I went to see it with my 14 year old daughter who found it slightly off putting to be in a movie theatre stuffed full of people who'd danced round their handbags to ABBA at discos way-back-when and who were now singing along in a public place.
Mamma Mia! It's was the must see film of the summer and, certainly, you must see it. It's pure fun. Complete nonsense. Don't think too much about the plot but it was the perfect antedote to our miserable grey skies.
You do need to have liked the Swedish group Abba! Remember this?
Well, in Mamma Mia! it becomes:
20 year old Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is getting ready to marry her boyfriend Sky (Dominic Cooper) at her mother's ramshackle hotel on an island in Greece. Her big wish now is to be given away by her dad at her wedding - only her mother has never told her who he is.
When Sophie happens upon her mother's diary she discovers there are three possibilities and, without telling her mum, she invites all three to her wedding.
Sophie: [reading Donna's diary] We danced on the beach, kissed on the beach ...
'Dot, dot, dot' being what what we did in 'the olden days'! So we have Harry (Colin Firth), Sam (Pierce Brosnan) and Bill (Stellan Skarsgard) all arriving at the same time. Donna, understandably one feels, is shocked and traumatised at seeing her past materialise and, somehow or other, makes her youthful mistakes sympathetic.
Donna: What are you doing here?
Bill: I'm writing a travel piece.
Harry Bright: I took a spontaneous holiday.
Sam Carmichael: I thought I'd drop in and say hi.
Meryl Streep is simply amazing - and has a great singing voice. Pierce Brosnan's is less good but that somehow works. And you'll absolutely love Donna's friends, Tanya (Christine Baranaki) and Rosie (Julia Walters). They are having fun!!
Richard Knight from the Windy City Times wrote 'The movie gets by on sheer exuberance. Your appreciation of it, I suspect, will strongly depend on your mood and the enthusiasm of the audience members around you' and I reckon that's right. It's all sunshine, fabulous scenery and energy.
There are all kinds of twists and turns. Everyone has a happy ending - and then there's a wedding.
Maybe the best thing to do is to let you watch the trailer ....
As for a warm and fuzzy rating ... It's difficult. For all there is a romance it's not really romantic. It's a movie to make you smile. I think I'm going to give it a Pink Heart rating of 8 out of 10.
What do you think? Who else has seen it?
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