On paper this musical movie should not work. It should be completely silly, cheesy and full of strained musical numbers. However, this Abba inspired musical telling the story of young girl who is about to get married, trying to figure out which of the 3 men in her mothers brief sexual awakening in one infamous summer is her father.
The strumpet in question is
Meryl Streep, who now runs a bed’n’breakfast on a remote Greek island. The 3 sluts that slept with her,
Colin Firth and
Pierce Brosnan all come to the wedding invitation unknown to them that they even may have a daughter. They are all strangers to one another until they are thrown together.
Supporting Streep we have
Julie Walters and
Christine Baranski who once were back singers to Streep’s lead in a band in their younger days.
When this movie first hit the cinema it was an instant hit. Mamma Mia was already a successful West End show, so it came to the silver screen with an in-built audience. However, it grew even bigger than anyone expected, thanks largely to the high number of repeat visits. They even did karoke showings, where the words of the songs where titled on the screen to allow everyone to singalong.
I never caught this wave at the time of the release and will confess to coming to this one rather late on. But when I did, it has become a monthly viewing favourite. I fell in love with it.
A real feel good, toe tapping, comedic outing that doesn’t fail to raise a smile or lift a mood. Some of the singing from some of our stars isn’t the best, but who cares, everyone is having a good time.
Love it. Watch it. Feel good.
PS small tip .. if you own the blu-ray (and why wouldn’t you) then you can enable the karoke language pack and singalong with the whole movie.
#107 in the series
Thursday, 3rd December 2015 (Richmond)