Mamma Mia Review
I went along to see Mamma Mia today. I didn’t know what to expect from it since I had never seen the theatrical production and the only exposure I had to it was seeing the theater posters and the movie trailer itself. After watching Meryl‘s last two movies (Lions for Lambs and Rendition) I was really hoping to see a GOOD movie from Meryl Streep and maybe even a film where she looks like she’s having some fun, especially since I don’t think the scripts of those last two movies gave her a whole lot to work with.
I can’t say that I liked this movie, but then again this really wasn’t a movie geared toward me, I must say though, the grown ups in the film (Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski) seem to be having all the fun in this film. Everyone else… including the young couple that is supposed to be getting married (Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper) just seem undeveloped and uninteresting.
Whenever the grownups were on screen, the story felt somewhat interesting and amusing, but once they were off camera, the story sagged with their absence. The script tried to show parallels between mother (Streep) and daughter (Seyfried), both had their two best friends come to meet them for the wedding, both groups had similar reactions to seeing each other for the first time and then later in the film they paralleled the scenes between both groups of friends after the bachelorette party, but there was no comparison, Streep and Baranksi far out shadow the younger generation in this film.
My biggest complaint about this film though, is that nobody seems to care about the Dominic Cooper‘s character, not even the woman who is supposed to be marrying him! No matter what happens, he seems to love her unconditionally (not that that’s a bad thing, mind you), but in the one scene where there’s tension between him and his fiancee (where the whole fight is her fault, by the way) he gets mad and walks away, but instead of Seyfried running after him or at least making sure to mend fences, she just walks away assuming that he’ll get over the whole thing and because he is such a shallowly written character, she was right and there were no consequences. Then at the very end of the film, something similar happens to her on a boat in the shadows, but I don’t want to give away the end of the movie.
It was fun watching Brosnan, Firth and Skarsgård having a lot of fun and make fools of themselves throughout the film especially throughout the credit cookies, but I must say, Streep and Baranski were definitely having the most fun of anyone.
I would never recommend this film to any of my guy friends and I don’t know if I’d recommend it to my female friends either, but I did see a lot of women who left that enjoyed the film and if you are a big musical fan or just a big ABBA or Meryl Streep junkie, you might like it.
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