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Movie Review - Mamma Mia!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Movie Review - Mamma Mia!

Rated PG-13 for some sex-related comments.

Starring Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, and Pierce Brosnan.

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Mamma Mia! The Movie is based on the play of the same name which is based on the songs of ABBA. Needless to say, this is a musical. The latest Broadway play to be adapted to film is another triumph in creating a feel-good, breezy flick to entertain.

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This film was never meant to be viewed as anything but a fun time. If you look to close you'll find all kinds of mistakes in script, acting, scenes, continuity and more, but that's not the point. Mamma Mia! wants you to get up and dance, not sit down and criticize the extreme amount of cheese you just witnessed. So - GET UP AND DANCE!

The flick is best viewed with a huge group of friends that can laugh and have fun while watching it, which means this film will probably do much better on DVD that it has done in theatres, even though, it is currently running in the top ten for the last few weeks with extreme competition from movies like The Dark Knight, Tropic Thunder, and Pineapple Express. Last time I checked, it was heading towards the $100 million mark which it may have already crossed. This is great news for musical fans as it almost guarantees more coming to the big screen.

Mamma Mia! has such a crazy storyline that weaves and bobs in between ABBA songs that it really doesn't care if you don't get everything as the main idea is to get to the next song and that's where the movie shines. The dialogue and parts between songs can be very boring, but it really just moves the story along enough to get to the next ABBA song. If you don't really like ABBA music, you may get a bit annoyed with the recreations of all their music, but if you are a fan, there is much to delight in the new takes on the classic songs. Overall, the movie fails in story, but shines in song.

The acting is pretty good with Meryl Streep leading the way. Amanda Seyfried and Streep both have great voices that command the songs on screen, however when Pierce Brosnan shows up to sing a few bars, you can't help but laugh. And not with him, but at him. The man seems like he could possibly sing, but he is no match for the rest of the cast and comes off as bad karaoke. Not too mention, the man looks so uncomfortable singing in the flick, you almost want to turn away. It's really the worst part of the film and that's not good because its part of the only thing that keeps the film alive and thats the music.

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Overall, I enjoyed watching the film. It had great moments of song and dance, some wonderful comedy bits and made for an entertaining couple of hours. If you want an enlightening experience at the movies, this is not it. This was only made to have fun and entertain and you're opinion of the flick will probably be swayed one way or the other based on the mood you watch it in. I was already in a good mood and this just made me smile. Not to mention, my wife loves musicals and had a good time as well.

Mamma Mia! is playing at Cinema 3, or should I say 2?, in McCook and you can check out more showtimes at www.fridleytheatres.com


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