Went to watch the movie today. It’s sooooo good! The plot’s really simple – Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) was raised by her single mom, Donna (Meryl Streep) and has always wondered about the identify of her father. She finds her mom’s old diary hidden in a trunk in the house and the entries in the diary were recorded the year that she was born. Donna was involved with 3 men 1 summer 20 years ago and Sophie was born as a result of that passionate summer. Curious to find who her real dad is, Sophie invites all 3 men to her wedding!
And that’s essentially the entire plot… and told using ABBA’s songs. Like what my favourite English teacher, Mr. Booth, told me years ago in secondary school – the best story is often the simplest one. When the author focuses on the characters and detailed development of the story – that’s what draws readers in. You don’t need a complex plot with 101 sub-plots to capture the attention of your audience.
How true that is with Mama Mia!. The movie had us (the audience) laughing really hard and I could hear people singing along with the characters on the screen. Meryl Streep is a fabulous actress too! She really outshone the others in the cast (especially Pierce Brosnan who looked a little stoned if you ask me). When she sang the solos "Slipping Through My Fingers and "The Winner Takes It All", tears couldn’t help but well up in my eyes. She was sooooo good.
The movie’s really campy, yet sentimental and the lovely, romantic Greek island backdrop was absolutely beautiful.
Here’re my favourite parts in the movie.
Honey Honey (The really funny start… and I think Amanda Seyfried was the best singer amongst the cast)
Slipping Through My Fingers:
The Winner Takes It All
Oh… and a funny tidbit about myself… when I was really really young… a toddler… my parents used to play the ABBA record and I loved the song Super Trouper so much, I would cry when the song ended and wouldn’t stop till they played it again, and again, and again, and again.
Enough said. Go see the movie now!