'Mamma Mia!' a dash of summer
By Sara Anderson
August 4, 2008 | The light-hearted summer movie musical
Mamma Mia! is perfect for best girl-friends,
mothers and daughters and anyone else looking to have
a carefree night on the beach.
Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is getting ready to marry
the love of her life when she discovers the diary her
mother, Donna (Meryl Streep), kept while she was pregnant
Sophie learns she has three possible fathers. Behind
her mother's back Sophie invites all three men to her
wedding on the Greek island she was raised. The three
men, Bill, Harry and Sam, played by Stellen Skarsgard,
Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan, accept the invitation
unaware of Sophie's plan to learn who her real father
is. When Donna realizes all three of her past loves
are on the island she turns to her two best friends,
Rosie (Julie Walters) and Tanya (Christine Baranski).
The three best friends are a hilarious trio and even
had their own pop-band, Donna and Dynamos. The group
reunites for the special occasion and gives a sparkling
Seyfried and Streep do an outstanding job. Seyfried's
angelic voice makes you believe in the magic of the
Streep belts out ballads -- songs are from the songbook
of 1970s band ABBA -- that are surprisingly moving.
However, Brosnan should stick to 007 and skip the musicals.
The dancing is cheesy and over the top but somehow fits
the mood of the movie. With beautiful scenery the movie
is full of sparkling waters and sunshine. Having fun
is the main plot of the movie and don't expect much
more than that.
Special thanks to University 6