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Genre: Musicals & Classical / To Be Announced / Director: Phyllida Lloyd / Actors: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, Julie Walters ... / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      11.02.2014 22:44
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      One of my favourite movies!!

      Mamma Mia is a 2008 musical movie which stars Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Amanda Seyfried (to name a few). The movie is a PG which means that it is suitable for all to watch. The DVD is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £4.29 which I think is good value for money.

      Basically, the musical tells a story through the songs of Abba. However the actual storyline is that Sophie, a young woman who lives in Greece with her mother Donna (who runs a kind of B&B), is getting married. She doesn't know who her father is but wants him to come to her wedding to give her away. Sophie finds one of her mother's old diaries and discovers that her father could be three of one men; what will happen when Sophie secretly invites them all to her wedding, unknown to her mother? Will her dad give her away? Watch Mamma Mia to find out!

      Such songs in the movie include: Mamma Mia (obviously!), The Winner Takes It All, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Does Your Mother Know, Take A Chance On Me and Lay All Your Love On Me (as well as many more Abba songs). I was amazed at how well this has worked; I had expected the 'story' to feel a bit forced as though they were trying to find any story to match with the stories in the songs. However, they have managed to create a simple story really cleverly done; it flows brilliantly and there is nothing 'forced' about it at all. The story fits in really well with the songs and you would think that the actual songs were written with the movie's plot in mind; when it fact it is the other way around! It works so well. I am really impressed.

      Mamma Mia is one of my all time favourite movies. I remember going to see it in the cinema back at 2008 and loving it. To me, it is the perfect 'feel good' movie; the kind which cheers you up and is the type of movie that you can watch over and over again without getting bored, even though you know every single thing that happens. I also love the scenery in this movie; it's set in Greece and it's so beautiful - I really want to visit there.

      All the cast members play their parts really well. I like Sophie the main character who is played by Amanda Seyfried, as she comes across as being really sweet, normal and just likeable. Although my favourite character is Rosie as she is so comical and makes me laugh every time (I think even more so, as she reminds me of my Auntie which makes me laugh even more).

      I think that Amanda Seyfried definitely has the best voice out of the whole cast; her voice is so pure and clear; she really can sing well. I found that a lot of the 'men' in the cast weren't that great singers. Yes they could sing in tune, but I wouldn't say that they could actually 'sing' well. Piers Brosnan is a classic example; he's a terrible singer, however, I think that in this case it's acceptable as it adds comedy value to the film.

      I cannot stress enough how much I love this film; it is such a good feel good film and is suitable for all the family. I find that it really cheers me up. Plus the fact there everyone from children to the elderly love it, so it's definitely a movie for people of all ages. It's a really fun movie; there are laugh out loud moments here (mainly thanks to Rosie!!). There is also something very optimistic about this movie; it makes you feel as though you can choose anything. What's more you don't even have to be an Abba fan to enjoy this movie.

      I would definitely recommend this movie.

      Thanks for reading!
      February 2014
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        23.02.2013 22:36
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        fantastic fun

        I first saw Mamma Mia when it was released on DVD. I really enjoyed watching the film and was sad to see it end.

        The musical is about Sophie as she searches for her father. Her mother doesn't know who her father is so Sophie decides to write to her three potential fathers after reading her mothers diary.

        With the help of her friends she hides them away until the wedding day to her fiance Sky. The problem is, her mother finds them first and kicks them off the island. Will her father walk her down the aisle.

        The musical is based around the songs of ABBA. These songs make a great musical. My favourite song has to be "Mamma Mia" which also happens to be when the potential fathers are found. This is a great scene which fits in perfectly with the song. I also enjoy "Honey, Honey" which is near the start of the film when Sophie is reading her mothers diary. This is a really fun scene to watch.

        Some other songs included are "The Winner Takes It All" which is sang fantastic by Meryl Streep, "Slipping Through My Fingers" is another I like which is sang by Sophie and Donna, her mother.

        Some of the songs aren't sung until the end of the film like "Waterloo" and "Dancing Queen". It's a shame these are not part of the film but it's still good to have them there.

        The best song in my opinion is "Thankyou For The Music" which is sang beautifully by Amanda Seyfred. Unfortunately this is only sung over the ending credits.

        The actors are very good in this musical and are all well known before this musical. They include Amanda Seyfried as Sophie, Meryl Streep as Donna and the fathers are played by Pierce Brosnan, Colin Forth and Stellan Skarsgard. Sky is played by Dominic Cooper. I liked the character Sophie best, especially when she is in scenes with her friends as she seems believable and relatable.

        The film was released in 2008 and is 109 minutes long. It is a PG and suitable for children to watch.

        The DVD has many bonus features but I like the sing along version of the film best. Perfect if you don't know the words.

        This will make you want to sing and dance along with the musical and is one I will watch a lot more in the future.

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          23.02.2013 21:37
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          A feel good film, don't take it seriously, enjoy it

          Today is a Saturday, in late February and we are in the midst of the most freezing cold snap again. My hubby and son have got Sky Sports on for the afternoon, watching the football and I just couldn't tolerate another football match, followed by rugby and then cycling.. I swear that they would watch, discuss and debate Tiddlywinks if it were televised!

          A DVD was the magic solution, I popped some headphones into my laptop, curled up in the corner of the couch and immersed myself in my own lovely world - the world of Mamma Mia

          I bought Mamma Mia four years ago and have watched it countless amount of times - it still captivates me.

          I am not a film critic, I have no experience in cinematography, my opinion differs to many other peoples, but that doesn't make my opinion, or your opinion wrong... this review is by me, Mrs Totally and Utterly Normal, who likes to watch a film and has her own opinions on it..

          Mamma Mia started out as a Broadway/West End musical in 1999, based on songs by the 1970's and early 80's band, Abba - the musical was made with the full permission and co-operation of Abba, one of their members Benny Andersson worked with the film production adding extra music.

          The musical was a total success and in 2008 it was released as a film - and has become a major success, being the highest grossing musical worldwide.

          I can't imagine now, that such a highly known film and musical is an unknown quality to anyone, but obviously I will be careful not to give away too much of the plot.

          The film is set on a Greek Island, and oh my, what a beautiful setting. From my own experience here, I was due to go to my first ever holiday away from the UK in 2008, we were going to Rhodes, so watching this film, which was filmed in Skopelos, as the main location made this film feel special to me before I realised just how great I thought the film actually was.

          The film centres around a single mother and her young adult daughter. The daughter, Sophie is head over heels in love and about to get married. Sophie's two best friends head to the island to help her with the celebrations of the forthcoming wedding.

          Sophie's three friends arrive in the island, they are all thrilled and excited to see each other. Sophie's Mum, Donna, also invited her two best friends to stay at the her hotel on the island, to enjoy, help and celebrate the wedding.

          Donna owns an old Greek hotel, it is beautifully charming but very run down - Sophie and her fiancee plan to help her run the hotel and bring it up to date - Donna adores her daughter and Sky, the fiancee, but has her reservations about them getting married so young, she wishes her daughter would live a little and see the world before settling down, but at the same time does not want her daughter to leave her.

          Sophie does not know who her father is - but when she finds the diary her Mum kept in the year before Sophie was born - unbeknown to Donna, Sophie sent invitations to three men, one of whom was her father..

          The three men arrive on the island before the wedding.

          To tell you anymore of the storyline would give away too much, so I will stop there.

          To say that Mamma Mia is a high action film, with an intense plot line would be an outright lie, the story is not very strong really but to be honest it doesn't need to be and it certainly doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the film.

          It is on a Greek Island, the location is utterly beautiful, it is not the commercial Greece that most of us have seen on the television, nether is it set in a resort with hotels, restaurants, swimming pools and water parks. It is rural and beautiful, the hotel is an old Greek building, which legend tells us is the site of Aphrodites Fountain - the beaches are unspoilt, the jetty where the friends arrive on their boats is obviously for locals only. It is totally iydillic.

          The film is quite obviously a musical, so if you don't like musicals and especially if you do not like songs by Abba, then this is not the film for you.

          The singing is not perfect, but I don't think really it is supposed to be. I think we are supposed to believe that these characters are singing rather than talking.. this makes the film even more charming in my opinion.

          There are some major film stars in this film, stars that you would never expect to take on a singing role - Meryl Streep who plays Donna had apparantly had opera training in the past - you certainly would not have expected Meryl to take on a comedic singing role for a film, yet you find yourself thoroughly enjoying Meryls character. Donna's two best friends are played by Julie Walters and Christine Baranski, both of these actresses are not known as singers, but they are great - they are truly funny ladies and they play there parts in the film to perfection. Julies character, Rosie, is unmarried and full of fun, Christines character, Tanya, is fantastically funny, a three times divorcee/man eater.

          The potential fathers are played by Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård, they are also very endearing characters and following the story through wondering which one is the father and Donna's awkwardness after seeing them for the first time in many years is great fun.

          My son just couldn't like the film, but he is a big James Bond fan and to have Pierce Brosnan singing Abba songs just didn't sit right with him! It is probably fair to say that this film is one for the girls. It will go down, in my opinion with the all time great girlie evening films, along with Grease, Dirty Dancing etc..

          The young characters in the film, Sophie - played by Amanda Seyfried and Sky, played by Dominic Cooper pull off the singing and dancing perfectly and the backing cast of all their friends and guests and various colourful dancing and singing scenes are total fun and amazingly enjoyable.

          Throughout the film various Abba tracks are played, with some or most of the cast joining in, they include:


          I Have a Dream
          Honey, Honey
          Money, Money, Money
          Mamma Mia
          Chiquitita
          Dancing Queen
          Our Last Summer
          Lay All Your Love on Me
          Super Trouper
          Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
          Voulez-Vous
          SOS
          Does Your Mother Know
          Slipping Through My Fingers
          The Winner Takes It All
          I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
          When All Is Said and Done
          Take a Chance on Me
          Mamma Mia!
          I Have a Dream
          Dancing Queen
          Waterloo
          Thank You for the Music

          You can buy this DVD very easily, brand new the prices start at around £4 on Ebay, Amazon, Play.com etc.. second hand even cheaper. There is also a CD soundtrack available too, great if you are on a girly road trip and fancy a good sing along.

          My score for this film, ten out of ten - but only if you don't take the film too seriously. It's not about perfect singing and Oscar nominated acting. It is a fun, comedic musical with actors and actresses that you feel are thoroughly enjoying making the film, they are not taking themselves seriously and trying to imply that this film is deep and hidden with extra meaning, it is a feel good film with a real sense of fun.

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            23.10.2012 00:25
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            Definitely worth a watch.

            Film - Mamma Mia!
            Main actors - Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, Colin Firth
            Certificate - PG
            Running Time - 108 minutes
            Genre - Musical, Romantic Comedy

            The film version of the stage musical Mamma Mia has been out a few years now, since 2008. When it came out there were really mixed reviews, and I wasn't sure whether to watch the film or not. A few months after its DVD release I was finally convinced to buy the film after a friend of mine ranted and raved about it so much and told me I 'HAD' to see it! So I decided to buy the film to form my own opinion of it.

            === Short Plot Summary ===

            Sophie grew up on a Greek island with her mum Donna. Now she is 20 and is getting married. She wants her father to walk her down the aisle. The only problem being she doesn't know who her father is. after reading her mum's old diaries she has discovered there are three men that could possibly be her father. She invites all three to her wedding (under Donna's name) thinking that when she meets these men she would know instantly which one her father was. From here the plot thickens (dot dot dot...)

            Ok, so I'll admit the storyline isn't the strongest I've come across in film. What it is though is a lovely sweet little story with a real feel good factor to it. The story was written after the ABBA songs, so has been built around the music (a little vaguely at times).

            === Acting ===

            Meryl Streep is amazing as Donna in this film. The film does give her chance to show off some talent that I didn't even know she had prior to this movie. She does all her own singing in the film (all the actors do), but it really lets us see another side to her. Especially as this came out only a couple of years after The Devil Wears Prada in which she plays such a serious character for the most part.

            The 'dads' are also surprising. James Bond man Pierce Brosnan again is in a completely different role from what I've seen him in before. Actually, the same can be said for Colin Firth too. Both men really let us see their comedy side. You can see they are really having fun with the parts they are playing. Stellan Skarsgard also does a good job as dad number three, but I can't really compare him to any of his other roles (even though he's in a number of films that I feel I should have seen... Good Will Hunting, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo...).

            Amanda Seyfried does an ok job as Sophie, but she doesn't stand out as much as the actors I've mentioned above. I think she needs the others there to enhance her acting. I feel as though the same could be said for Dominic Cooper who plays Sky, Sophie's fiance. Although the odd scene where it is just them does have a chemistry about it, you can believe they are truly in love.

            Others worth mentioning are Julie Walters - can't really dance or sing, but is hilarious. It's possible to tell she's really enjoying the part. Christine Baranski makes up the other half of this comedic duo, and again is another hilarious character.

            Benny and Bjorn also make an appearance in the film - though I don't believe they aren't actually credited.

            === Extras ===

            On the DVD there are a number of extras on the disc. I have watched most of them over the time I've owned the DVD.

            Firstly, and most importantly (especially if you're having a girly movie night in with a load of mates and a few glasses of wine) there is the sing along version of the film. Basically, you play the DVD as normal, but with this feature the words to the songs appear on screen when the songs are on for you to sing along to.

            Deleted scenes - there are approx 8 mins of deleted scenes. To be honest, with the majority of them it is easy to see why they decided to cut them out. Not the best feature on the disc.
            Another feature on the disc (separate on the menu) is a deleted musical number - The Name of the Game. Worth a watch, but again can see why it was this song that was taken out over any others.

            Out-takes - A couple of minutes of out-takes, most of which are hilarious and worth watching.

            Anatomy of a musical number - worth a watch if you like finding out how things are made. They break down 'Lay All Your Love on Me' and tell you a little bit about how the filming was done for the scene, etc.

            Other extras include 'Becoming a Singer', which follows Benny working with the actors. He wanted to have a degree of control over how the final product sounded, and this shows how he worked with the actors and how the songs were recorded. This is about 11 minutes, but worth a watch if you find that kind of thing interesting.

            There are other extras on the disc that I've not had chance to really look at yet. One that I do want to watch at some point is 'The Making of Mamma Mia'. I find these kinds of things interesting. I imagine though that this will take some time to watch as it is split into a further three parts. You also have the option of watching the film with directors commentary (again something I do do with films occasionally, so may use this feature at some point).

            === Mamma Mia! Here I go again.. My my, how can I resist you? ===

            So would I recommend the film? Yes. I would. If you're after a light hearted romantic comedy with a load of well known ABBA songs for you to sing along to, this is perfect! Not the strongest plot in the world, but a real feel good movie. It is just a fun film to watch.

            I'm going to give the film 4 stars. One star being dropped for the fact the plot isn't that strong. But it certainly deserves the other 4.

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              Great fun movie for a night in!

              I saw Mamma Mia the Musical on stage a few years ago and I loved it. I have always been a very big fan of Abba music which is what drew me to go see the musical on stage. But when I saw that the movie was coming out starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan, I was very dubious and expected it to be terrible. But I was very pleasantly surprised. It was great!!! An absolute must see, especially when you are feeling down, or just a night in with the girls. Meryl Styreep and Pierce Brosnan pull off great performances. But I must say that Julie Walters steals the show. Her character and how she plays it is amazingly funny. The characters of the daughter and her greek boyfriemd are a bit boring, but in the stage production they are not the show stealers either. Buy this movie for your collection!

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              A very funny and nicely over played musical comedy built around a number of Abba songs.

              Mama Mia DVD
              This wonderful film was on TV just a couple of nights ago, and you know I enjoyed it so much that yesterday I went out and bought the DVD! Am I crazy - well no I don't think so, this film made me smile when I was feeling pretty low and miserable, and for a little while I sat watching this and all the pain and crap I was dealing with slipped from my mind. I reckon that made it worth the £5.00 I paid for it in Asda.

              Background
              Mama Mia came out originally in 2008 and was billed as a romantic comedy/musical. It was adapted from the West End broadway musical of the same name, and is based around a number of songs written and made famous by the pop group Abba including the title song 'Mama Mia' which topped the charts back in 1975.

              When the movie came out, it became the highest grossing musical film ever and still holds this title. It also held the title of being the UK's highest ever grossing film, until Avatar came out the following year and overtook it.

              On release, the film got extremely mixed reviews from the critics with some billing it as a meaningless spectacle, shallow and a shambles, while others raved about its feel good factor and how cute and full of clean fun it was. I have to admit that personally I wasn't impressed with the idea of creating a film around twenty odd songs - it seemed a bit of an odd concept, and for this reason I pretty much ignored this as a film until the other night when it just happened to be on TV and I sort of thought 'what the hell, give it a look there's nothing better on.'.

              Synopsis
              Sophie grew up on a Greek island with her mum. She's now 20, about to get married, and wants her father to walk her down the aisle. The problem is, she doesn't know who he is.

              Reading through her mother's old diaries, she realises it could be any one of three men, and invites all of her potential fathers to the wedding, sending the invites in her mother's name.

              All three men arrive as do Sophie's mother's two best friends, and the plot thickens.

              To be honest the plot is pretty basic and is really just an excuse for lots of singing and dancing, however, despite the thinness of the plot, it's put together and executed so well that you really cease caring about that and just smile and enjoy the fun of it all.


              Acting & Actors
              Oh my god - a better picked cast you could NOT have hoped for! Whoever decided to bring together Meryl Streep (Donna, Sophie's mum), Julie Walters (Donna's friend Rosie Mulligan) and Christine Baranski (Donna's other friend Tanya Chesham-Leigh) for this deserves a medal. Honestly these three just work so incredibly well together bringing so much humour and life to what could have been a pretty poor show. When they then added Pierce Brosnan (Sam Charmichael), Colin Firth (Harry Bright) and Stellan Skarsgard (Bill Anderson) in as the possible three dads they were inspired. Now I knew these three men could act, but I didn't realise just how well they could take the piss out of themselves and really kick back and have fun, but this film really shows them in a brilliant light for this.

              Sophie Sheridan is played by Amanda Seyfried and does a good job of being a bright and sparkling daughter, but to be honest you do rather get the feeling that her performance was super enhanced by working with so many really good actors and actresses.

              Now for me, Julie Walters has already proved herself as an actress many times over through her career, and more so as a woman who is up for anything with her performances in such films as Calendar Girls, but I have to say that she really goes all out here to show her comedic side here. She can't sing, her dancing is really quite rubbish, and yet she was brilliant through and through. Meryl Streep meanwhile shows us in this that she can actually sing really well, and Christine Baranski brings her usual slightly over the top slightly sexy comedic style to the mix.

              One of those who I was really surprised by in this was Colin Firth. I've seen him in quite a lot of films over the years from Bridget Jones and St Trinians, to The English Patient and The Kings Speech. However this is the first time where I've seen him in a truly comedic role & certainly the first where I've seen him sing. Normally any comedy that goes on in a film is from others with him as well really a bit of a straight man who's having the piss ripped from him. Here, he joins in with the comedy himself and sings, dances and even takes the piss out of himself and others, and even though his singing is barely any better than Julie Walters, he's brilliant!


              Music
              There are twenty four songs in total in this film - all Abba, and pretty much all well known.

              However, through the film, each song takes on perhaps a slightly different meaning from it's original - or at least... many of them do. We get Sophie starting us off singing I have a dream' telling us how she's dreaming of meeting her real father, then later on Rosie and Tanya asking Donna - 'Chiquitita tell us what's wrong' after she's seen the three 'fathers' on the island for the first time, and near the end Rosie singing to Bill 'Take a Chance on Me'.

              As musical's go, this wasn't put together with all the songs written specifically for the occasion, so perhaps there are stretches to be made, but open your mind, kick back and enjoy the fun, and you'll find that they've worked the songs in together rather well.

              Extras
              There are extra's on the DVD but the only ones I've so far watched are the Deleted Scenes and the out takes. The deleted scenes were ok - I could see why they'd been removed tbh. However the out-takes were brill and gave me another giggle watching them. There is also a Commentary and Making of on the DVD as well as sing-alongs and music videos.

              Some More Thoughts
              For me, the film is beautifully humorous with a good touch of irony thrown in. There are lots of trips back down memory lane, and in fact despite it technically being about Sophie finding her dad, it's really more about the past and how everyone knew each other way back when and their relationships.

              The overall effect is very light hearted, the songs are almost all upbeat and uplifting, and the whole film leaves you feeling pretty darn good. I love that it doesn't try to be too serious, and that the actors here overplay things enough to make it gigglesome in places rather than making you think oh god what a pile of crap. It's this over playing and having fun within the film that makes it work for me, and I'm so glad I sat and watched it. I know that I'll get a kick out of watching it again, and that it will lift my mood when I do.

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                A Brilliant film!

                This is the perfect film for a girls' night in or as something that the whole family can enjoy. I went to see this film at the cinema then later bought the DVD and believe me - it has been watched hundreds of times by everyone in my family!

                This film is an adaptation of the theatre musical which is based upon the songs of ABBA. It follows Sophie, played by Amanda Seyfried, who is about to get married but feels like her life is not complete without knowing who her father is. Therefore she invites three of her Mother's old love interests to the wonderful Greek island that they live on to try to unravel the mystery of who he is. All without her mother's knowledge!

                This film has a brilliant cast including Pierce Brosnan, Coin Firth, Julie Walters and Meryl Streep and the location is absolutely beautiful. The songs really are brilliant, as you would expect, and there is quite a large amount of humour which is lovely to see - the film doesn't take itself too seriously which is nice. It's a great watch and I, and my whole family, would recommend it!

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                I would highly recommend this film to anyone

                Mamma Mia is a story about a young woman called Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) who is in search for her father. After finding out her mother had three lovers about the same time, meaning any potential one could be her father Bill (Stellan Skarsgard), Sam (Pierce Brosnan) and Harry (Colin Firth). Sophie invites all three men to her wedding with the intention of finding who her father is so he can give her away as she marries Sky (Dominic Cooper) much to the disconcertion of Donna (Meryl Streep) with amusing consequences. The film is studded with all the Abba hits, giving the film a feel-good factor. A star-studded cast with some amazing singing voices and some brave attempts, which does not deter from the excellence of the movie. The film is set on the beautiful Greek island of Skiathos and Skopelos with big full on dance scenes and some awesome singing, especially from Meryl Streep.

                Overall, I thought this was an easy watching film, mood lifting, funny, with catchy sing along tunes, great costumes, 70's nostalgia, stella performances by Meryl Street, Julie Walters and Pierce Brosnan. With great great performances from the two newcomers Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper. The thing I like about this film was the fact the Abba lyrics told the story. This movie comes from the musical, the screen adaptation is surely a success in my opinion.

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                Recommend to anyone superb film.

                I am a closet musicals fan, you could say they're my guilty pleasure so it goes without saying that I love the film version of this classic musical.

                As most people will already know this film was originally and still is a stage show with songs from Abba. I personally have not seen the stage show (yet) so this review is for the film only.

                The story is about a single mum Donna (Meryl Streep) and her daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) who lives on the most amazing Greek island. The daughter is due to get married and has decided that she wants her dad to give her away. The only problem is that she doesn't know who her dad is, so she steals her mum's diary from when she was younger and starts reading. In the process of reading the diary she discovers that there are three men who could possibly be her father. Without wanting to involve her mum she decides to invite all three of them - enter Harry (Colin Firth), Sam (Pierce Brosnan) and Bill (Stellan Skarsgard).

                As with all musicals once you get used to them breaking into song this film is extremely funny and entertaining. The best part for me is the three women Donna (Meryl Streep), Rosie (Julie Walters) and Tanya (Christine Baranski or "Donna and the Dynamos". Their humour and talent steals the show and I especially like their hen night performance.

                The director, Phyllida Lloyd found an idyllic greek island as a location for the film and the beautiful scenery enhances the already amazing songs and choreography.

                Amanda Seyfried stands out as one of the most talented singers but the other actors, maybe with the exception of Pierce Brosnan manage to hold their own and I was especially surprised by Meryl Streep's singing abilities.

                I would recommend this film to anyone it is light hearted, funny and highly entertaining.

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                family singalong fun.

                Mamma Mia is the story a 20 year old Sophie (Amanda Seyfreid) who reads her mum Donna's (Meryl Streep) diary and finds out she has 3 possible fathers (Sam - Pierce Brosnan, Bill - Stellan Skarsgard or Harry - Colin Firth). Wanting to meet her dad she decides to invite them all to her wedding - without telling her mum!

                The film is set in the Greek islands and there is some really beautiful scenery. It features many well known Abba songs relevant to the story line, for example Donna explaining her financial worries then breaking into 'Money Money Money'. Sophie tries to spend time with all her potential fathers, finding that she has different things in common with each of them. This is good because it's not obvious the whole way through who it is going to be.

                This is a brilliant family film (my grandparents actually went to the cinema to see it!) but I'd give it a miss if you really don't like Abba! Some people criticised some of the singing in the film, in particular Brosnan and Firth, but for me this emphasised the fact that it wasn't a talent competition it was a family film that didn't take itself too seriously.

                One of the most memorable songs for me was 'Does your mother know that your out' where wealthy divorcee Tanya (Christine Baranski) flirtatiously dances with younger man Pepper.

                Overall it's a great film, easy to watch and has some really good chemistry, it's easy to believe that Seyfreid and lead actor Dominic Cooper became an off-screen as well as on-screen item.

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                06.05.2010 16:50
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                not advisable for ABBA fans

                This film is a musical using all the ABBA songs, it was released in the UK in 2008 and was directed by Phyllida Lloyd. ** WARNING ** If you enjoyed this film then I suggest you do not read on as I will later completely slate it lol.

                ** The Plot **

                The film is about bride to be, Sophie, trying to find her father, whom she has never met. She comes across her mothers old diary and narrows it down to 3 men, Sam, Harry or Bill. She invites all three of them to the wedding, without her mothers knowledge, but will she ever find out whos the daddy?

                ** The Cast **

                Meryl Streep plays Sophie mum, Donna Sheridan
                Amanda Seyfried plays Sophie Sheridan
                Pierce Brosnan plays Sam
                Stellan Skarsgard plays Bill
                Colin Firth plays Harry
                Julie Walters plays Rosie
                Christine Baranski plays Tanya

                For a full list of cast you can visit www.imdb.com.

                ** My Opinion **

                Really??? What was this film about? These are big actors/actresses and they have, in my opinion, completely humiliated themselves.

                If you haven't already guessed I didn't like this film at all, and I love musicals but this was absolutely ridiculous. For a start they couldn't sing, you may think I am being harsh but truly not one sang well at all, it was cringe worthy and quite frankly quite uncomfortable to watch.

                The acting was atrocious, I couldn't believe that these, once, amazing actors/actresses actually carried on with this film. I couldn't wait for it to end, I had to watch it in three parts.

                The filming was ok but sketchy in places, everything about it screamed amateur, I actually felt sorry for those involved in this film as at the time they probably thought it was great but did they honestly think when watching it back that it was any good?

                I don't keep up with movie reviews etc but surely this must of got some criticism, I mean the story was ok (in theory) but it was boring and I don't actually think I could listen to ABBA ever again.

                I was expecting this to have a Murals Wedding kind of feel to it, but no, each song was murdered.

                Im sorry for those of you who did enjoy this film and maybe I am being a little harsh, I guess I just expected big things from this film and the cast and I was left deeply disappointed.

                Overall I thought the film was an absolute waste of time and not something I would recommend watching but everyone has their own opinion and some may really enjoy it.

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                  Mamma mia!

                  Mamma Mia!

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                  General information
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                  Running time: 104 minutes
                  Category: Romatic comedy
                  Year: 2008
                  Director: Phyllida Lloyd
                  Language: English
                  Country: United States

                  Actors:

                  Meryl Streep as Donna Sheridan
                  Amanda Seyfried as Sophie Sheridan
                  Pierce Brosman as Sam Charmicael
                  Julie Walters as Rosie Mulligan
                  Christine Baranski as Tanya Wilkinson

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                  The story
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                  The story is about Sophie Sheridan who lives in Greece together with her mother on the island Kalokairi. Donna is running a hotel for guests, but also is the place where Sophie is getting married to her boyfriend. Only Shopie has only one wish, that her father would be at the wedding. She only got a little problem that she doesn't know who and where her father is and her mother doesn't want to tell her. She knows that one of three men could be her father, by reading the diary of her mother. She invited them all for the wedding and hopes to find out who her real father is! Her mother Donna invites two of her best childhood friends Rosie and Tanya, where she is reliving some old memories and helping her when the three men actually arrive. Who is the father and will Sophie find out on time?

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                  The acting
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                  I loved the acting and thought the actors did a really good job with the acting, dancing and of course the singing. Meryl Streep plays the part of Donna and is the mother of Sophie, but you realise she is more then just a mother. She is also her best friend, but one with a big secret. The moment she sees her three past lovers, I love her reaction. It's feel very real and believable. Amanda Seyfriend plays the daughter Sophie who's about to get married. She is very spontaneous and just very happy looking which fits this part perfectly. Also loved her singing. I was pleasantly surprised with Pierce Brosman, of course mostly famous of the James Bond movies. Never really heard him singing and thought he did pretty well.

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                  Well I have to admit I love musicals and love shows like over the rainbow. You don't really have a lot of these musicals movies, like Moulin Rouge, so I was quiet happy when they came out with Mamma Mia. I thought it was a really good movie with good acting and good singing. Especially Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfriend where good, but also Pierce Brosman. It's just really a simple easy movie where you don't have to think a lot and just a movie too sing a long with!

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                    17.03.2010 19:53
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                    Good overall

                    Mamma Mia is the popular theatre musical which has been adapted for film, and has become hugely popular.

                    ~~~DVD BOX COVER DESIGN~~~
                    The DVD box cover is bright blue, with the cast on the front all looking very happy. It is instantly recognisable from the font of the title which is the same as that from the theatre. Looking at the box induces a sort of happiness and makes you want to get it.

                    It is a simple but effective design that not only grabs the attention but already portrays and induces emotion, which is continued through the viewing of the film.

                    ~~~THOUGHTS ON PLOT~~~
                    The basic plot is that Sophie, who lives on a remote Grecian Island, is getting married and she wants her father to walk her down the aisle, but does not know who he is, and sends an invite to all three potential fathers she has tracked down from her mother's diary.

                    The basis of the plot is simple, yet humorous. Sophie hides the fact that she has invited all her mother's ex-lovers, whilst her mother Donna, upon seeing them, wants to hide their presence from her daughter. This basic set-up is ironic and humorous, and following the revelations between this group of people, develops into a more complex relationship.

                    As it is a musical, songs are spontaneous throughout, and are mostly upbeat and happy inducing. All the main characters provide a musical input which is fantastic as it doesn't isolate a particular person, and most contribute in a positive way. The songs are upbeat, light-hearted and heart warming.

                    The only thing with the plot I will mark down on is its linear structure that doesn't expand very much. It drives straight down one path, and does not develop to a more complex level. However, I could praise it for its purposeful and determined plot?

                    ~~~CAST~~~
                    Donna- Meryl Streep
                    Sophie- Amanda Seyfried
                    Bill- Steven Skarsgard
                    Harry- Colin Firth
                    Sam- Pierce Brosnan
                    We also get appearances from Dominic Cooper, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski.

                    Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried's vocals are great; as are Dominic Cooper, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski's, whose input gives variation and spice to the overall thing. Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan were surprisingly weak, and slightly annoying to the ear, which the backup vocals greatly aid.

                    Overall the quality of acting is genuine and believable, but no one really stands out.

                    ~~~EXTRA FEATURES~~~
                    The DVD provides an array of extra features such as:

                    - Feature Commentary
                    - The Making Of Mamma Mia
                    - Music Video
                    - Deleted Scenes
                    - Outtakes
                    - Sing-A-Long
                    - AND MORE!

                    Whilst there are a large amount in quantity, none of those really interest me apart from the deleted scenes.

                    ~~~PRICE~~~
                    I bought this for £2.50 on Ebay, and costs just slightly more on Amazon. I think it is great value purchasing it now, although it could get even cheaper still.

                    ~~~OVERALL~~~
                    Having not seen the musical in theatres, the film does a good job in relating a happiness and inducing emotion. Musically, it was also uplifting. There is only a slight lack of complexity in plot, which is made up with the music and its outrageous spontaneous humorous scenes. The cast held its own despite a few vocal annoyances, but overall very well done.

                    A good family film that is sure to make you smile

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                      Little Box Of Horrors

                      My 6 year old son had been obsessed by the Abba track 'Mamma Mia' for what seemed an age - so when I saw the dvd of the movie on the shelves at good old Home Bargains for £5, I thought it had to be a good buy.
                      The special edition box set included a journal, pen, dvd - with a sing a long option, extra footage, commentary and deleted scenes etc.
                      The deciding factor was the singing box, press a button on the front and Mamma Mia blasts out for approx 15 seconds. Sold!

                      Three months after Christmas and we eventually sat down to watch it.
                      The film is set on the fictional Greek island of Kalokairi and begins with bride to be Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) discussing her upcoming wedding with two friends. Straight in to the first tune and we learn that Sophie longs for her father to give her away at her wedding - unfortunately for Sophie (and ulimately me!) her father's identity is shrouded in mystery.

                      It seems Sophie's mum, Donna (Meryl Streep) was something of a woman about island the in her younger years and there are three candidates in the frame. Harry (Colin Firth), Bill (Stellan Skarsgard) and Sam (Pierce Brosnan). Sophie uncovers this nugget of information when she comes across her mothers journal and reads its contents.
                      She then thinks it's a great idea to contact the aforementioned father wannabee's and invite each one to her wedding.

                      Shock, horror - they ALL turn up, at the same time! It's more of a shocker that all three men have managed to remember who they had slept with 20 years previously, it wouldn't happen in Blackpool!! Still, binge drinking is supposed to be a relatively new thing...

                      Meanwhile, Donna is careering across the island to collect her best buds Rosie (Julie Walters) & Tanya (Christine Baranski) who are also to be guests at the wedding.
                      To be honest, that is about as good as it gets. From this point onwards, numerous Abba tunes are tortuously churned out by the ill cast actors.
                      The 'who is the father' story line continues throughout the film (I won't reveal all!) with a bit of dancing thrown in for good measure.

                      I can only conclude that this films popularity is brought about by the mish mash of the actors chosen, it is likely that there is an actor for every walk of cinema goer or dvd buyer. Mine would be Colin Firth, I should have given Pride and Prejudice another airing!!

                      At 1hr and 44 minutes, it was 1hr and 44 minutes too long! If you are an Abba lover I suggest that you watch the stage show - there are better things that you could be doing with your time rather than watching this dvd (ironing, disinfecting the toilet...I could go on!).

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                        Overall, lighthearted and fun

                        I watched Mamma Mia a last Christmas and really enjoyed it. It's not the greatest movie in the world but is a great deal of fun. I've always loved Abba and their music so thought I'd give this a go even though I've never watched all that many musicals in my time. Although quite cheesy I think if you too like Abba you will most probably enjoy this film.

                        Amanda Seyfried plays Sophie who lives on a Greek Island paradise with her mother played by Meryl Streep. She is about to marry but can't get out of her mind her father who she has never met. After discovering and reading her mother's diary without her knowledge she narrows who her father could be down to three men she was intimate with some twenty years ago. She hopes that one of them may be her real father so invites them all to her wedding in the hope that her father whichever one he might be, will give her away.

                        The three men she writes to and explains the situation to are all very different but equally entertaining and funny. Colin Firth is an uptight British banker and Pierce Brosnan plays a recently divorced architect. And lastly there is Stellan Skarsgaard who is a free spirited travel writer and boat owner. So all three turn up on the Greek Island and the fun begins.

                        Despite as said being quite cheesy and not everyone really being able to sing that well, the songs are all upbeat and fun and the movie is a real farcical and a little silly comedy surrounding these three men and Sophie's mother. Therefore, to be honest if you can take your mind off of some of the singing, especially that of Pierce Brosnan who is a great actor but can't sing, then I think you will enjoy as I did this light hearted film with the great sunny scenery of this idillic paradise. Seyfried and Streep put in good performances both in the acting and singing departments and the movie does feature some of Abba's greatest hits.

                        If you want a movie where you don't really have to think and you enjoy this type of music then this is a great movie for you

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