Mamma Mia!, as Reviewed by Lisa, Receives Wonderful Accolades for Spirit and Fun

There are some movies this summer that I just won’t get to, but lucky me, my stepmom, Lisa, was ready and willing to write a review of Mamma Mia! Now, I can’t really say that we have the same taste in movies, but with her own watchful eye and scrutinizing ways, she has put together an excellent review of what she calls one of the summer’s most fun movies. Hope you enjoy!

It’s about time.  All summer long I’ve wanted to go to the movies and be entertained. I didn’t want to spend the little time I had for “fun” scared out of my wits, or gripping the seat in anxiety during some kind of race or shoot-out. I’ve been waiting to go to a movie that is fun, uplifting, and most of all, entertaining. Mamma Mia! is it.

Even if you start out watching Mamma Mia! with little confidence that a musical, based on the songs of successful Swedish pop group ABBA, will be worth your while, the clear singing, beautiful ocean blue eyes, and exuberant style of Sophie (played by Amanda Seyfried) in the opening scenes will irresistibly sweep you in. Suspend your rational thinking, and allow yourself to be charmed by Meryl Streep, who stars as Donna Sheridan, a former 70’s rocker and Sophie’s mother.  Ms. Streep, an Oscar winning actress, puts the same energy and intensity into this role as she has with other serious characters from previous movies (Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice, Out of Africa, The Devil Wears Prada).

Sophie is about to be married on an idyllic Greek island and wants to invite her dad to her wedding, but alas, doesn’t know who he is. She finds her mother’s diary and doesn’t know whether her dad is Sam (Pierce Brosnan), Bill (Stellan Skarsgard) or Harry (Colin Firth). But even though she knows them only as names in the diary, she manages to track them down and secretly invites all three to her wedding (like I said, suspend logic).  Lo and behold, they all show up, as do Donna’s old friends from her rock-n-roll youth, Tanya (Christine Baranski) and Rosie (Julie Walters).

Baranski almost steals the show with a number (“Does Your Mother Know?”) that is funny, sexy and a real show-stopper. Pierce Brosnan, always easy on the eyes, works hard to belt out several duets with Streep.  Also, the movie has some touching and tender moments, particularly as Donna helps Sophie prepare for her wedding day.  The movie ends with an unexpected but delightful twist, and don’t leave the theater until all the credits roll for some hysterical last scenes.

Go see Mamma Mia! – one of those films that works on every level. If you discount this movie solely based on the material you may be missing out on one of the most surprisingly fun moments to be had in theaters this year.

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