After being told that Mamma Mia is more like a musical show than just the movie, I decided to drag my hubby along to the theatre. After all, both of us are ABBA fan.
Well, although we missed the first 10 minutes of this movie, we could sense the fun and high spirit in the beginning of the movie itself.
No doubt it is the songs that bring out the character of the movie, but the fun part is really about ‘seeing’ the songs come alive . If you could agree with me, it is the songs and the acting that move us… As the movie unfolds itself, I was amazed by how the plot is written to suit the songs. Most of the time, it is the lyrics of the song that do the talking!
I especially like the scene when Sophie’s mother, Donna (Meryl Steep) entertained their guest (the night before Sophie’s wedding) with their nostalgic band, ‘Donna and the Dynamos’, singing the song Super Trouper. Then, the three ‘fathers’ appeared from nowhere and ended up being pulled by the girls and then … come the song ‘Gimme, Gimme (a man after midnight)’.
There are also a few touching scenes like when Sam (Pierce Brosnan) persuaded Donna to accept him again. Then, Donna sang The Winner Takes it all… She then walked towards the church at the hilltop…Did you ever wonder why the wedding ceremony is taking place in the evening?
Throughout the movie, there are about 20 ABBA songs, among the famous one are – I have a dream, Honey Honey, Money Money Money (naturally, Honey attracts Money ), Chiquitita, Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, SOS, The Winner Takes it all and of course Mamma Mia (played twice).
Personally, I feel this movie has the complete package of what an entertaining movie should be – humorous, scenic place, blue ocean (remember the church on the hilltop?) with the shooting scene is supposedly to resemble a remote island in Greek in the 1970s..
Overall, I enjoyed myself very much and found myself singing along with most of the songs. Not to mention admiring the dashing Pierce Brosnan (his singing is so lousy, but who cares?). Of course, double thumbs up should be given to Meryl Steep who made most impactful acting (and singing). Full of emotion!
If you are an ABBA fan like me, you may consider watching Mamma Mia – The Smash Hit Musical (London’s West End version) in Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 17 December 2008 till 1 January 2009. I heard tickets are selling real fast, so better be quick! Either call AXCESS Hotline: +60-3-7711 5000, access online www.axcess.com.my or drop by at AXCESS ticket outlets..