Supertrouper Mamma Mia!
We went to see Mamma Mia Saturday night and I absolutely loved it, the hubster enjoyed it but it is most definitely a chick-flick.
I was lucky enough to see the original stage production in the West End of London many years ago and I have to say the movie brings the show to life wonderfully. In a theatre the sets are obviously very limited, but the location and sets for the movie were sumptuious and stunning. I have no doubt the Greek Islands will have a surge in tourists as a result.
It has an all-star cast, but for me the best performance was put in by Meryl Streep as Donna the 'free-spirited' mum. Not only can Meryl sing, but she looks great and as usual acts her socks off to instill Donna with both emotional depth and joie de vivre in equal measure. Pierce Brosnan is the lead man and let me say here Pierce used to be my Brad Pitt (the hubster already knows this!), so I am big fan. But oh deary me, singing is definitely not his forte! He and the predictably delicious Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard are all very good as Donna's past lovers and the mystery dad.
Donna's two bestfriends are played by Julie Walters and Christine Baranski, who between them have the funniest lines and scenes. The younger members of the cast are very good too, but are definitely outshone by their acting superiors - but then not many can compete with Meryl and win! However Donna's daughter Sophie is played by a star in the making - Amanda Seyfried.
The hubster commented that what he liked about it, not generally being a musicals fan, was the songs continued the storyline in the same way as they did in Grease. So instead of feeling like the movie stopped for the musical number, it all flowed together seamlessly.
And what great music, I was singing along throughout the whole movie and unfortunately for the hubster, so were a large tuneless group behind him! Meryl did such a good job on The Winner Takes It All and the setting was so stunning, I found myself filling up!
This movie totally exceeded my high expectations, infact I might be going again with some of the teachers, as it is a wonderful 'girl's night out' movie. If you enjoy Abba's music and love a rom-com chick-flick, then do not miss this wonderful movie.
Oh and whatever you do - DO NOT LEAVE WHEN THE CREDITS START ROLLING OR MISS ALL THE FUN!