Thank you for the music....But not the musical !
All reviews with 5/5 here must have been written by women, especially under twelves. I, as a man, was "forced" to watch this contrived tripe one night. I had a feeling it might by poor, but I was wrong, it was very poor. For God's sake how many musicals have you seen where at least half the people in it can't hold a note or dance (or even act)
ABBA songs are shoe-horned in, often making no sense and it feels more like an ABBA themed karaoke at the local pub.
The story has more holes in it than the Turin shroud and the best part is the closing credits.
WARNING - MEN, PLEASE AVOID !
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Mamma Mia - The Musical - 25 years on with ABBA
My oh my
Born in 1976, I missed Abba first time round, but fell in love with the music as a five year old, and loving the vocal harmonies and pop finish.
I was dreading Mamma Mia and what possibly could destroy my dream, I would imagine every person remembers the school disco and Dancing Queen. Synonymous with Uncle Herbert murdering it on the microphone, I was a little nervous sitting down to watch this.
Meryl Streep deserved the Best Female Performance at the National Movie Awards (UK) earlier in the year. Utterly believable as a single Mum (Donna) who has a dream, her singing in this is absolutely brilliant. She belts out many of the classics, which we know and love Abba for - but the star of the show has to be Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) as her daughter. And my oh my she can sing.
Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Stellan Skarsgård play the three potential fathers to Donna's daughter (Sophie), the result of a summer of play in the Greek Islands. Sophie decides to invite her three potential fathers to her wedding convinced she will know who it is.
Julie Walters as Rosie and Christine Baranski as Tayna are simply fabulous in the supporting role, and also deserve a mention.
The songs of Abba have been reworked into dialogue, and interwoven into the plot of the film, and even Mr (I do not like Abba) Chris enjoyed it
So much so I put Abbamania on and had a round of guess the artist -
High School Musical Next. . . .
10 of 12 people found this review helpful.
WHY no singalong option on Blu Ray edition?!
K. I'm not the target audience this movie was made for.the idea of sitting through an hour of actors screeching ABBA songs to a backdrop of a paper-thin plot didn't appeal. However... i was persuaded to see the film in a cinema in Doncaster. It was the first cinema showing the film with the song lyrics onscreen as the ushers whipped the audience into a singing frenzy,the mood was that of a concert,loved it! Fast forward a few months, i bought my M8 (who hates musicals & ABBA) the dvd.he loved it! For a flimsy film,its amazing the effect that the onscreen lyrics had, how inspired it was and how it turns an average chick-flick premise into a singalong,feelgood,start to the night.
My one BIG problem is with the blu ray version, it has No singalong option!! whats that about?! looks good but takes So much away from film.
My advise is start with the DVD edition, it looked good,sounded good and has the option to singalong (to the Right lyrics)
Mamma Mia DVD
Fantastic film. I saw it at the cinema and couldn't wait for it to come out on DVD. Great 'feel good' movie. Excellent for a girlie evening with a bottle of wine and a sing-a-long. FANTASTIC!!!!!! Best movie since Dirty Dancing.
Mamma Mia DVD
Great item, and really great film.I decided to buy this film as most of the other mamma mia dvds that were being sold were being sold for over £20.so, i was really pleased with this item and i have brought it for my mom for mother's day.