Movie Review :: Mamma Mia!

By Amy Sondova Get the girls together and spend a steamy afternoon at a matinee performance of Mamma Mia! which hit theaters on July 18. Based on the blockbuster musical which is based on the songs of Swedish mega-pop group, ABBA, Mamma Mia! is a laugh riot.

Twenty year-old Sophie (Allentown native Amanda Seyfried) dreams of having her father attend her luxurious wedding; unfortunately after raiding her mother’s diary, she can only narrow her potential dads to three men—Sam (Pierce Brosnan), Bill (Stellan Skarshard), and Harry (Colin Firth). Unbeknownst to her mother, Donna (Meryl Streep), Sophie invites all three of her mother’s past beaus to the wedding and hilarity ensues. Also arriving on this Greek island for festivities are Donna’s two gal pals Tanya (Kristine Baranski) and Rosie (Julie Waters).

While Siegfriend’s carefree frolicking, charm, and beautify as a blushing bride could easily steal the film, it’s Meryl Steep that’s the star of this movie. Her performance of “Winner Takes It All” is vocally and theatrically the milestone of the flick. While Pierce Brosnan is clearly the most appealing of the male leads, he’s a fairly terribly singer. Fortunately, all that is forgotten when he rips off his shirt and makes googly eyes at Streep.

Brosnan’s manly physique isn’t the only image that will wow female moviegoers—the shoots of Greek isles, where the movie was filmed, are also breathtaking. Mamma Mia! also seems to flow seamlessly from the big stage to the big screen allowing more people to bop to the beat of Mamma Mia!.

Oh, and stay tuned during the credits for bonus performances of “Dancing Queen” and “Waterloo” with the main cast decked out in authentic-looking ABBA garb. It’s glitzy, nonsensical, over-produced, and lively, but that’s what makes it so great. While Mamma Mia! probably isn’t going to be “movie of the year,” it is the most fun I’ve had at the movies in a long time.

Print copy of review.

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