Mamma Mia! (PG)



Musical (2008)
108mins UK/US

Starring: Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Dominic Cooper, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Writer(s): Catherine Johnson
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Sophie is poised to marry her hunky fiance Sky on an idyllic Greek island but the blushing bride-to-be has no one to give her away because her Donna has never revealed her father's identity. So Sophie snoops through Donna's belongings and learns that her pater is one of three men: divorced architect Sam, intrepid travel writer and explorer Bill or steadfast banker Harry. Sophie secretly invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, in the hope that one of them will be able to walk her down the aisle.

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Mamma Mia!

If last year's film version of Hairspray put a spring in your step, then dust off your dancing shoes because Mamma Mia! is a delight...

COLIN FIRTH (Harry), PIERCE BROSNAN (Sam) and STELLAN SKARSGARD (Bill) on the set of Mamma Mia! Photo Credit: Peter Mountain. Copyright:  2008 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.XMP ProvidedDirector Phyllida Lloyd and writer Catherine Johnson, who masterminded the smash hit stage version of the all-singing all-dancing musical, work their magic here too with an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth.

From the opening strains of "I Have A Dream" to the full-cast rendition of "Waterloo" in glittery catsuits and platform boots, this rollicking romance set to the ABBA songbook is 108 minutes of pure, undiluted joy. It's so much fun, Mamma Mia! should be prescribed on the NHS. You'll leave the cinema elated - and perhaps a little tearful after Streep's heartbreaking solo on "Winner Takes It All" - and it doesn't matter a jot that most of the male cast can't hold a melody. Indeed, it adds to the film's boundless charm as the cast throw themselves with unrestrained gusto into each brilliantly choreographed number, including impressive mid-air splits from Streep as she bounces on a bed singing the anthemic "Dancing Queen" with co-stars Christine Baranski and Julie Walters, the latter scene-stealing with her comic exploits.

(L to R): JULIE WALTERS as Rosie Rice, MERYL STREEP as Donna Sheridan and CHRISTINE BARANSKI as Tanya Chesham-Leigh in the musical romantic comedy Mamma Mia!. Photo Credit: Peter Mountain. Copyright:  2007 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVEDThe Greek islands of Skiathos and Skopelos provide a breathtaking backdrop to the fun and games, with crystal blue waters where Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper frolic for their duet, "Lay All Your Love On Me". You'll wish you were here. Sophie (Seyfried) is poised to marry her hunky fiance Sky (Cooper) on an idyllic island where her mother Donna (Streep) runs a decrepit taverna. Unfortunately, the blushing bride-to-be has no one to give her away because Donna refuses to reveal the identity of Sophie's father. So Sophie invites the three old flames who could be her old man - divorced architect Sam (Brosnan), intrepid travel writer and explorer Bill (Stellan Skarsgard) and steadfast banker Harry (Firth) - in the hope that one of them will be able to walk her down the aisle. Their sudden arrival throws Donna into an emotional whirl, leaving ballsy childhood mates Tanya (Baranski) and Rosie (Walters) to pick up the pieces.

ASHLEY LILLEY (Ali), RACHEL MCDOWALL (Lisa) and AMANDA SEYFRIED (Sophie) on the set of Mamma Mia! Photo Credit: Peter Mountain. Copyright:  2008 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.Mamma Mia! skips merrily through ABBA's greatest hits, including "Gimme Gimme Gimme", "Super Trooper" and "Take A Chance On Me". Sadly, Screenwriter Johnson excises a number of songs ("Knowing Me, Knowing You", "The Name Of The Game" and "One Of Us") for the stage show to keep the running time trim, consigning "Thank You For The Music" to the end credits. Streep is marvellous as a mother on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and Brosnan, Firth and Skarsgard embrace their roles without restraint, having as much fun making the film as we do watching it. Their infectious energy reaches a giddy high when we're encouraged to sing and dance like lunatics in the aisles to an uproarious reprise of "Dancing Queen". Resistance is futile.

- Jo Planter

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