This is a movie adaptation of a very, very popular stage show that has taken the world by storm. Mama Mia! is set in a Greek Island town. A young woman, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is about to get married, and wants to know who her real father is. After learning about three potential father by reading her mother’s dairy, which seems to have been written in the 70s, she sends out invitations to the three former swains of her mother’s. Donna (Meryl Streep) was quite a sexual adventurer in her younger days, according to the diary. When Sophie’s bridesmaids, Lisa (Rachel McDowall) and Ali (Ashley Lilley) show up, she reads to them from the diary to tell them how she learned who her father might be. Later that day, Donna’s former bandmates, the reclusive writer Rosie (Julie Walters) and high-maintenence serial divorcee’ Tanya (Christine Baranski) show up for the wedding. The menopausal trio have a bit of a torrid past of their own, as they used to be pop singers, and when Donna declares that she does not miss sex at all, the other two know something is very wrong.
Sam (Pierce Brosnan), Bill (Stellan Skarsgård), and Harry (Colin Firth) all come to the island for the wedding, but Donna does not know that Sophie invited them. When Sophie greets them in a mysterious way and leads them to a small barn to tell them what is going on. Donna hears some sounds from the barn after Sophie leves, and finds them there, but does not let them know she is there. She cannot believe they are there for the wedding. She thinks she had left that part of her past behind her, and becomes very suspicious of their presence and of her own feelings for these three former boyfriends of hers. What occurs after this is a comedy of errors and a mix of dance and party shots with some interesting conversations mixed in with singing.
This movie has lots of glamour shots of the island, great music, all written by Sweden’s most profitable industry, the pop band, ABBA, but as we saw with SyFy Original : Mega Python vs. Gatoroid , when you have former pop stars heading your project, things can turn out a bit on the cheesy side, in this case, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA. There was lots of good choreography and music, eye candy, and a confusing storyline, mostly dealing with Donna’s romantic insecurities. The secondary characters were more charming, and had little subplots of their own that would have made for better scripts. Still, it is a fun romp, and for those nostalgic for the sounds of the 70s, you will really get caught up in the songs you know, and might even catch yourself humming along. While not a movie to move the soul, it is still high-energy and upbeat, so it will put you in a good mood after seeing it.
I give this film a Musing review of