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Mamma Mia!

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Just as good as on stage!

I'm only 25 years old, and most of the people my age couldn't sing the words to "Dancing Queen" if you paid them, but I've been an ABBA fan since the age of four. I cannot believe how well the script and characters were built around these songs! It's like the songs an...
I'm only 25 years old, and most of the people my age couldn't sing the words to "Dancing Queen" if you paid them, but I've been an ABBA fan since the age of four. I cannot believe how well the script and characters were built around these songs! It's like the songs and the rest were all written at the same time! I was blown away the first time I saw it on stage, and was a little skeptical when going to see it in the movie theater, but I ended up seeing it twice because it was so good! Meryl Streep is amazing! I had no idea she could sing, but she can sing WELL!! Also, the actresses for Sophie, Tonya, and Rosie were fantastic and really did well with the ABBA music. The three possible fathers were not so great with the singing...but in their defense, they really wouldn't be. Donna and her friends had a singing group years ago, and Sophie got her singing voice from her mom, but the three men have practical jobs and probably no singing experience. I also loved the fact that they made "Lay all your love on me" into a duet. I always thought there was something missing from that song... All in all, a wonderful film. It speaks volumes about the mother/daughter relationship and really touched me. Especially during the holidays, everyone should "take a chance" and watch this show! "My! My! How can you resist it?"

posted by Esmeralda_Gypsy on October 1, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Give me ABBA ... and Fiddler!

My wife and I tried watching Mamma Mia. We both love the music of ABBA since it was the music of our youth. And the storyline seemed promising enough too. It's a premise that reminds me of old time London stage comedies (the ones where misunderstandings and confused ide...
My wife and I tried watching Mamma Mia. We both love the music of ABBA since it was the music of our youth. And the storyline seemed promising enough too. It's a premise that reminds me of old time London stage comedies (the ones where misunderstandings and confused identities lead to unexpected and hilarious twists in the plot). Well, we turned it off after 20 minutes. When the characters aren't singing, it's dreadful. The dialog is really over-the-top; some lines are screamed instead of spoken. Each character has a different accent too. It's tough on my ear and jarring to my brain to go from Scottish to American to Aussie to Euro English, all in the span of 15 seconds. And so, I silently prayed for the next song to come in order to be put out of my misery. The songs, as ABBA fans know, are classics. But when one listens to the songs in the movie (which aren't sung by ABBA but rather by the actors), one thinks of how far superior the original versions are. After 60 seconds of singing, one really appreciates how far superior the original versions are. When the song is done, one realizes how far inferior these movie versions are! Then it's back to mind-numbing dialog that is not at all witty or well-delivered ... just loud, annoying, and obnoxious. Perhaps in the 21st minute of the film, the movie gets better, but who knows? We never made it that far. Instead, we put in the Fiddler on the Roof DVD and had a good time with Tevye and Tzeitel.

posted by 894566 on October 1, 2010

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    not as good as promised

    this movie in my opnion was not good.all my friends would talk about this movie and how exciting it is,so i finally planned a sleepover with my best friend and watched this movie.and frankly i don't see what's all the hpye about.im 11 and my mom is a fan of abba so i know most of there songs.the storyline isn't very good,i thought it would be more mysterious.but it was not,the mom finds out about the 3 dudes who might be a father to her daughter cuz the daughter finds the moms journal and invites theses guys who might be her father to her wedding.at the end they don't find who the father is and the girl doesn't even get married!!!i wished i didn't even watch this movie it is bad very bad!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    i really liked this movie i think it was really good but some of the singing was over the top but i love when they sang the mamma mia song it was good and i can't get it out of my head. I think you all should watch this movie if you like musicals and love stories, cause its really good lol. well hope you enjoy it to.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I own it!

    Although the material is a remake of a Broadway production, it was amusing seeing some of my favorite actors play in this delightfully frivolous musical. Many of the songs brought back memories of my youth. I was disappointed with the finale as Spandex doesn't fit the 50plus-something bods of the actors.... :?(<BR/><BR/>My daughter loves musicals so I now own a copy and I do still enjoy watching it with her.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Mamma Mia

    Having seen the Broadway show, I was looking forward to the movie. I did see it in the theater I enjoying it as it was cast with some of my favorite actors/actresses. The singing quality obviously was not of the Broadway show quality and the acting is not of the defining performances that many of the assembled cast have given audiences previously. It is though an entertaining romp and spirit lifter and easy on the eyes for those who enjoy escapism from time to time. That is why I asked for it as a gift and did receive for Christmas.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Much Ado About Nothing

    This is a classic American movie- much ado about nothing. Meryl Streep has no depth, the male actors are way, way too pretty, and only the young actress stands out as somewhat real. It is truly an escapist movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good movie for the girls

    You have to like Abba and chick flicks. Good movie, but, only for the girls of the family.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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