Starring Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Dominic Cooper, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski
Extravagant. Fun. Exuberant.
After finding her mother’s diary detailing the amorous adventures of her youth, Sophie (Seyfried) reaches out and invites the three men who might possibly be her father- the man who got away, Sam (Brosnan), the once adventurous Harry (Firth), and the lone-wolf sailor, Bill (Skarsgard)-to her wedding. She figures that she’ll be able to tell, just by looking at them, who her real father is. Meanwhile, her mother, Donna (Streep), reunites with her fun-loving best friends. That is until confronted with the three great loves of her life who come crashing back into her life all at the same time. Mainly though, the plot serves to segue between the ABBA soundtrack. Nicknamed a jukebox musical, wherein the actors sing pop hits we’re all familiar with, I have to admit, I didn’t hate this movie. I’m surprised because I did hate Moulin Rouge, another example of the style, and that was significantly better received by critics. I’m not necessarily a fan of ABBA, but the songs are undeniably catchy, and I just found the whole spirit of the film infectious. Through all the flamboyance and the manufactured camaraderie, like a top-notch drag show, Mamma Mia is campy and fun.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-