Movie: Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! is movie adapted from a successful Broadway show. The movie (and the show) use the songs from ABBA, the Swedish pop music group.

The movie opens up with Sophie confessing to her friends about reading her mom’s diary. Her mom, Donna(Meryl Streep), has written her encounters with three men – Sam(Pierce Brosnan), Harry(Stellan Skarsgard) and Bill(Colin Firth). Any of these three men could be Sophie’s father. So, Sophie invites all three men to her wedding. The idea is simple. She will know who is her father when she see all three and her father will give her away.

All three arrive for the wedding. Sophie is confused. Sophie hides them away from Donna. What happens next forms the story.

The movie is very entertaining. Being a musical, there is a wafer-thin plot. The song and dance sequences are a delight to watch. All the main characters have lent their voices for the songs.

Meryl Streep has performed well and stands out. Whether it is her hysteria about her high maintenance hotel or performing as Donna’s Dynamos, she breathes life and energy into Donna. She is looking beautiful as ever although (I think) in real life, she is older than at least two of  the three leading men.

The men have very little to do. After seeing him in Bond avatar, Pierce Brosnan in a singing avatar was difficult to digest. There was something missing in his singing too.

This movie is recommended.