Sunday, July 20, 2008

MAMMA MIA THE MOVIE - A RUNAWAY SUCCESS


I had the pleasure of going to see the new Mamma Mia film the other night. Billed as the story of a daughter, a mother and three possible dads, the stage version of Mamma Mia has been a smash hit and phenomenally successful all over the world. The movie looks like being just as popular. It was only released last week and already Universal Pictures are laughing all the way to the bank, as it has already grossed over a staggering £7million at the U.K. box office. Wow! The movie certainly had a spectacular opening with its lavish Greek themed premiere complete with lemon grove in Leicester Square. There was certainly no missing Meryl Streep in her red dress or Colin Firth’s Italian wife in her yellow smiley face dress, as eager fans lined the pavements hoping for a glimpse of the film’s stars.

I saw the stage version of Mamma Mia myself last year and enjoyed every minute of it. The story centres around a girl on a Greek Island who is about to get married and invites three men to her wedding, in the hope of discovering which one of the three is her real dad! The story is told through the use of Abba songs. Abba were Sweden’s best export and had a string of chart hits with the likes of Mamma Mia, SOS and Dancing Queen. They are one of the most enduring pop groups of all time and are as popular today as they’ve always been. Like the stage show, the movie is really good with superb performances by all the cast. This is a very different type of role for Meryl Streep as viewers see her singing and dancing and doing the splits. By taking a role like this Meryl has proved just what a versatile actress she is and is great in the role of Donna. Julie Walters is hilarious and ideally cast as one of Donna’s closest friends. Seeing Pierce Brosnan singing was also a big departure from his usual James Bond role but I thought he carried it off really well. Like the stage show, Mamma Mia the Movie is a great feel-good film. Very enjoyable. Go and see it if you get a chance. You won't be disappointed. To find out more, click on the link shown below:-

Mamma Mia the Movie - Official U.K. Site

6 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

Streep and Firth must be quite a combo!

Naomi said...

They certainly are Sandy. The new movie is really good.

Sheila said...

I am so glad I stopped by to catch your review. My college student son wants to see this and now I'm ready. I think having a friend who is in theatre made him more appreciative of musicals. Abba is so fun and with Greece as a background, I can't wait.

Naomi said...

You and Scott won't be disappointed Sheila. Mamma Mia is a great movie! I highly recommend it.

movie buff said...

this is one of the only plays i've ever seen, which ended up being great... it's funny to think of ol' Pierce taking a stab at singing, yeeesh

Naomi said...

I saw the stage version of Mamma Mia a couple of years ago Movie Buff. It was really good. I think Pierce has done really well at his first attempt at singing. It's quite a change from his usual Bond role! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed your visit here.