Mamma Mia

_Old Skool - Mamma Mia - Poster_The movie/musical, Mamma Mia (2008), begins with a young girl singing ABBA’s song I have a dream on a dreamy boat in Greece. The girl is soon identified as Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), the daughter of Donna (Meryl Streep), she is seen mailing out three invitations to her wedding for three different men. The audience soon learns through more songs that Sophie’s mother had multiple relationships in the month Sophie was conceived. Now that Sophie is getting married, she is searching for her father and in turn invited all three of them. As the story carries on, the audience meets Donna’s best friends and the audience sees the free nature of Donna, the original “dancing queen.” The movie is framed with other famous ABBA songs to tell the story. As the men arrive, Donna has a crisis when she realizes she still loves one of the men named Sam (Pierce Brosnan). Sophie’s wedding is being planned throughout the film, from bachelor and bachelorette parties and duets on white sandy beaches in Greece. Sophie deals with the struggle of finding out who her real dad is, but in turn has a moment with each of them where they all think they are her father. In the end Sophie does not end up getting married, but Donna and Sam do. Sophie accepts all three men as her father because of the connection she ends up getting with all of them. The film ends on a happy note as Sophie and her boyfriend set out to travel the world and Donna and Sam get a second chance at love.

Mamma Mia is one of my favorite movies because of the scenery and music. The acting in the film is very well done, but I do think the timeline could have been a lot better. Meryl Streep was 59 when Mamma Mia released in 2008 and her character was supposed to be in her 40’s. The casting of the film could have been much more fitting to the timeline, but I think Meryl Streep turned the franchise into what it is. Amanda Seyfried truly shines in this film, I think in many of the films she has starred in, she has been undermined. I think Mamma Mia showcases her vocal talent as well as her acting abilities. I think the overall storyline was not very fulfilling. The drama of when Donna would encounter each man was underwhelming and short lived. The audience only sees how Sophie reacts to each of the men, but the audience does not really get to understand the connection between Sam and Donna. I think a lot of the movie is based on audience’s assumptions. Nothing in the film is truly explained or unveiled, which can be an issue for some people. I think the nostalgic feeling that the audience feels when they get to sing along to famous ABBA songs is what makes the film enjoyable. As a musical, Mamma Mia works, but when it is converted into a film, some of the quirks that a musical has cannot be translated into a film. I think with movies we all search for a message and overall meaning, but in Mamma Mia the only message we see is the connection between a mother and daughter and how there are instances where a second chance is possible, but not realistically. The film shows a fantasy of a white woman who flourishes on a Greek island with her daughter and somehow gets reunited with her first love. The story is a fun one to tell, but it does not carry a whole lot of meaning and the storyline does not keep most people entertained. Overall, I love Mamma Mia, mostly because I am a sucker for romance, musicals and Meryl Streep. However, those who are not fans of cheesy musicals may not enjoy the film as much as a person who does.

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Release Date: July 18, 2008

Starring: Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, Nancy Baldwin

Director: Phyllida Lloyd

Distributor: Universal

Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance

Audience: Ages 13 and older.

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 108 min.

Official Social Media Pages:

IMDB: @MammaMia

WikiLink: @MammaMia

153e3a9d-a90e-480d-94fb-9275c1028d8e.jpgAutumn Skye D-Saldana | Writing Contributor
B.A. | Communications | Cal State Univ – San Marcos
Autumn is a fun loving girl who is currently working on a Communications BA and Women Studies minor at CSU – San Marcos. She loves singing, traveling and watching movies. She loves all things Disney and Marvel. She aspires to be an advocate for undocumented immigrants and hopes to create a more positive narrative for the Latinx community in her years to come. Autumn loves writing and hopes to share her thoughts with the world someday. Instagram @OhDearAutumnView My Articles 

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