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Movie Review: Mamma Mia

After watching the play last year at Poly Theatre, I was waiting for this movie to be shown in Beijing. Alas, it was not meant to be. So, I downloaded the movie from and have to bear watching the movie on my laptop computer.

The story of Mamma Mia is about a young bride-to-be in search of her real father. Through the diary of her mom, she found that there are 3 possible men who could be her father. The 3 men arrived a day before her wedding and the young lady was trying to hide them from her mother. With a mix of music from Abba which were incorporated into the story, it became a warm, light comedy perfect for romantics. In the end, it was the mother who got married to one of the men. The young lady went off to the mainland to explore the world with her guy.

The cast was led by Meryl Streep (Donna, mother), Amanda Seyfried (Sophie, daughter), Pierce Brosnan (Sam, Man#1), Colin Firth (Harry Headbanger, Man #2), Stellan Skarsgard (Bill, Man #3), Julie Walters (Rosie, Dynamo #1) and Christine Baranski (Tanya, Dynamo#2).

The singing wasn’t as perfect as Moulin Rouge but the way it was sung and incorporated into the movie was good. I can’t believe Pierce Brosnan will sing let alone shake his booty there. You could only see a glimpse of the manly image that he is well known for in the James Bond series. Colin Firth was a given when in the end he hooked up with a guy but I don’t remember seeing that in the play. Meryl Streep remains gorgeous albeit her age and she can hit her notes most of the time.

I thoroughly enjoyed it once I got passed the image I used to have with some of the characters but I would still prefer the play than the film. In a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being bad and 5 being perfect, I’ll give it a 4. What’s your take guys?


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