7/15/2008

Movie Review: Mamma Mia!




Mamma Mia! Here I go again

My my, how can I resist you?



The lines above are from the ABBA's "Mamma Mia!" the song from which the title of the critically-acclaimed musical was taken. Those lines seem to be very appropriate for the movie, since the adaptation is very likable.



I can't help but compare Mamma Mia! to Across the Universe. (The former is based on songs of Swedish super group ABBA while the latter is based on The Beatles songs) While both musicals' material are drawn from ear-frienly tunes, Mamma Mia! doesn't take itself too seriously and is very true to its original sources. Another thing: the cast, led by Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth, seem to have enjoyed making the movie.



Speaking of the cast, Meryl Streep proves that she can handle any role you can dish out to her. I last saw her in Rendition, where she played a dignified U.S. Vice-President. Now, she's dancing and frolicking as an ex-band leader who is stressed out about her daughter getting married.



The music and soundtrack is also very enjoyable. A friend of mine who watched the musical in London swears that the movie is very, very faithful to the stage version. Thanks to Phyllida Lloyd, who also directed the original ‘Mamma Mia!’ Broadway version. Music lovers will also appreciate versions of ABBA's hits such as "Dancing Queen", "S.O.S.", "Money, Money, Money", and "Take a Chance on Me."



To conlcude, here some more lines from "Mamma Mia!":

Mamma mia, now I really know

My my, I could never let you go










Rating: 4/5





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