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MAMMA MIA became a West End smash when it hit London back in late nineties. With a story framed around the music of the Swedish pop band Abba, crowds loved its raucous, dance ...Read more
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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 feeli...Read more
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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...Read more

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MAMMA MIA became a West End smash when it hit London back in late nineties. With a story framed around the music of the Swedish pop band Abba, crowds loved its raucous, dance party vibe. Now it comes to the silver screen, with some truly delightful performances from the likes of Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan. It is the story of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), a young woman living on a picturesque Greek island with her mother, Donna (Streep). Together, Donna and Sophie run a ramshackle island inn, and they are in the midst of preparing for Sophie's wedding. As the wedding approaches, Sophie becomes troubled by the fact that she has never known her father. She was the result of one of her mother's summer flings, and her mother has never revealed her father's identity. When Sophie stumbles upon her mother's diary, she learns that there are three possible men who could be her dad. Without telling her mother, she invites all three to her wedding. When Harry (Colin Firth), Sam (Brosnan), and Bill (Stellan Skarsgard) all arrive at the same time, Donna is of course shocked and overwhelmed by seeing her old lovers again after such a long time. She turns to her two best friends, Tanya (Christine Baranaki) and Rosie (Julia Walters), for their support, and vows to just get through the wedding and weekend. Meanwhile, Sophie spends time with each man, determined to learn the truth.
Major hi-jinks and confusion ensues, all amidst the utterly romantic scenery, and the rather irresistible, swelling love ballads. Streep has a lovely singing voice, and to watch her throw herself into this whimsical role is truly a delight. She looks like she is having a ball, and it is hard not to shimmy along with her. Baranski reliably delivers an over-the-top showstopper, and Brosnan's tender singing voice makes his character all the more touching. The film strives to be a jubilant celebration of mother/daughter relationships and the love between good friends, and it is hard to resist its many charms.


Credits
Leading Role 1Julie Walters
Leading Role 2Stellan Skarsgaard
Leading Role 3Colin Firth
Additional Roles byPierce Brosnan, Christine Baranski, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper
Director 1Phyllida Lloyd
ProducerGary Goetzman, Judy Craymer
ScreenwriterCatherine Johnson
Score ComposerBenny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus

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Region2
Release FormatDVD
RatingPG
Release Year2008
GenreMusic/Performing Arts
Additional GenreMusicals & Music Films
LanguageEnglish
Running Time105 minutes
EAN5050582556094

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Thank you for the music....But not the musical !

Created: 04/12/08
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.
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Mamma Mia - The Musical - 25 years on with ABBA

Created: 15/11/08
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.

but

WOW

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.

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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.
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WHY no singalong option on Blu Ray edition?!

Created: 19/06/09
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)
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Mamma Mia DVD

Created: 16/12/08
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.
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Mamma Mia DVD

Created: 14/03/09
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.
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