Hello, everyone. For those of you new to my blog, my name is Joshua. In honor of the news of the sequel to this film, today I will be reviewing the 2008 film, Mamma Mia! (The Movie), based on the West End and Broadway production of the same name. I have seen both the film and the musical and both adaptations are truly amazing and magnificent. The film and musical are both based on the songs of the famous Swedish pop group, ABBA. The film starred many famous actors, including Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada, Into the Woods, Florence Foster Jenkins) as Donna Sheridan, Amanda Seyfried (Letters to Juliet, Gone, Les Misérables) as Sophie Sheridan, Pierce Brosnan (Tomorrow Never Dies, Dante’s Peak, Mrs. Doubtfire) as Sam Carmichael, Colin Firth (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jone’s Diary) as Harry Bright, Stellan Skarsgård (Pirates of the Caribbean, Thor, Cinderella) as Bill Anderson, Julie Walters (Harry Potter, Billy Elliot, Dinner Ladies) as Rosie Mulligan, Christine Baranski (The Good Wife, The Big Bang Theory, The Good Fight) as Tanya Chesham-Leigh, and Dominic Cooper (The History Boys, Captain America: The First Avenger, Agent Carter) as Sky. Prepare for spoilers as we unravel this beautiful musical tale.
Mamma Mia! is the story of a girl named Sophie Sheridan, who discovers her mother’s diary depicting a love affair between three different people: an Irish-American architect named Sam Carmichael, a British banker named Harry Bright, and a Swedish adventurer named Bill Anderson. Sophie invites all three of them to her wedding and confesses this secret to her bridesmaids (“Honey, Honey”). Meanwhile, Donna Sheridan, Sophie’s mother, scrambles to run her island resort on the Greek island Kalokairi while planning her daughter’s wedding. She confides her struggle to her two best friends, a “lone-wolf” named Rosie Mulligan and the “serial bride” named Tanya Chesham-Leigh (“Money, Money, Money”). Sophie’s three possible fathers arrive on the island, and Sophie hides them in the resort’s old goat house. Donna discovers them and recounts her love affair between them (“Mamma Mia”). Donna demands they leave, and cries on the shoulder of Tanya and Rosie (“Chiquitita”). Tanya and Rosie raise her spirits by reminding her of the “good old days” (“Dancing Queen”). Sophie runs after her “fathers” who are residing on Bill’s boat. She begs them to stay, and they tell her about the “good old days” and their relationships with Donna (“Our Last Summer”). Sophie goes back to the beach to tell her future husband, Sky, about her “fathers” but is lost in a love song with him (“Lay All Your Love On Me”). Sky is then abducted for his bachelor party and Sophie watches as her mother, Tanya, and Rosie performs one of the songs they had while in the “Dynamos” band (“Super Trooper”). Sophie’s “fathers” visit the Bachelorette Party and Harry and Bill are taken away by the girls (“Gimmie! Gimmie! Gimmie! (A Man After Midnight)”). Bill makes it out and shares a personal moment with Sophie, confessing that he believes he may be her father (“The Name of the Game”). Bill promises to walk Sophie down the aisle, and Sophie is relieved. Soon afterward, a drunken Harry promises to walk her down the aisle, believing he’s her father. Sophie begins to feel stressed out, and to make matters worse Sam also promises to walk her down the aisle. Sophie is now scared and overwhelmed, causing her to faint (“Voulez Vous”).
In the morning, Tanya and Rosie plan on distracting Sam, Bill, and Harry so Donna can focus on the wedding. While Donna is planning the wedding, she is approached by Sam, and both wish they could start over their romantic relationship (“SOS”). At the beach, Tanya is approached by a persistent Pepper, who reminds her of their romantic encounter from the night before, and Tanya retaliates (“Does Your Mother Know”). Sophie tells Sky what she’s done, still stressed about her “fathers” promises to walk her down the aisle. Sky reacts angrily, mad that Sophie never told him. Sophie goes to her mother, who helps her get ready for the wedding (“Slipping Through My Fingers”). Sophie asks Donna to walk her down the aisle, and Donna agrees. On the way to the church, Donna is met by Sam again, and Donna explains to him the pain she felt after he left (“The Winner Takes it All”). At the wedding, Donna reveals to Sophie that these three men are all of Sophie’s possible fathers, but Sophie explains that she is the reason they are all here. Sophie realizes she doesn’t need to get married yet and tells Sky that they should start their life and travel the world. Sam then proposes to Donna (“I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do”). Donna accepts and the two wed. Sam and Donna profess their new love (“When All is Said and Done”) and meanwhile, Rosie chases after Bill (“Take a Chance on Me”).
Sophie and Sky leave that night, ready to travel around the world (“I Have a Dream”). The cast then finishes off the film with a 70’s ABBA-inspired dance number with “Dancing Queen” and “Waterloo”.
For starters, Mamma Mia! was the first musical I ever watched and was the musical that led me into the musical genre. Now, I am a musical geek, with favorite musicals including Hairspray, Bring it On: The Musical, Heathers: The Musical, Rent, Phantom of the Opera, Carrie: The Musical, and many others. That being said, let’s dive into the review.
Mamma Mia! is a feel-good movie, and keeps you wanting to sing and dance for days afterward. The music is so iconic, and all of the actors had excellent vocals. This film truly captured the beauty and essence of the original musical, with few changes to the original story. Mamma Mia is truly a heartwarming tale, with lots of romance and comedy to keep you laughing, crying, and wanting more. Meryl Streep was an excellent choice for the character of Donna, having an amazing singing voice and bringing the character an independent personality. Amanda Seyfried brought great character to Sophie, proving an optimistic and joyful personality and having a terrific singing voice needed for the character’s various songs. Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Stellan Skarsgård all did a fabulous job with their singing roles and provided three very welcoming and loveable fathers for their possible daughter, Sophie. Julie Walters and Christine Baranski brought forth hilarious roles and comedic lines, and also had the singing voices to carry the characters. Altogether, Mamma Mia! is truly a wonderful and magnificent tale that should be cherished for being one of the greatest musicals to ever exist. I recommend Mamma Mia! to all people, whether you like musicals or not because it will just leave you feeling joyful and give you that truly warm happy feeling inside.
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