Mamma Mia! (2008)

Starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Amanda Seyfried
Directed by Phyllida Llloyd

Let me start by saying, I loved this movie! Now, with that being said…

When I first saw the trailer for “Mamma Mia!” I thought, “Wait a minute? Is this a musical about a woman who can’t determine who the father of her daughter is? WTF? Wait, let me rephrase that. So they made a musical about a woman who had so much sex she doesn’t know who the Dad is between three different guys? And, it’s based on a Broadway musical? And, Meryl Streep is playing the Mom? And, Pierce Brosnan is dancing? And, its based on the songs of ABBA? I'm not judging but...Again, I say, WTF?

This is not the type of chick flick that I would ever have any interest in watching by myself or forced by a female...Girlfriend, Wife, Cousin, Sister, Mom, or otherwise…I would rather watch 14 hours of a Creed/ Limp Bizkit reunion tour than watch this. I would rather listen to Gilbert Godfrey read me passages from the bibles than watch this. And, I hate to admit it, I would rather watch “The Sex and The City” movie before watching this. Actually, No, I take that back…I would not rather watch SATC (apparently its longer than the Lord of the Rings Trilogy). And, I saw the "Mamma Mia!" trailer before I watched the George Clooney/ Renee Zellweger dud, “Leatherheads”, which proves I will watch just about anything. So, what did I do? I watched it. Not just for the sake of my blog but because, as I said, I will watch just about anything including Gilbert Godfrey read passages from the Bible. The movie opens in a small seaside town along the Mediterranean as a girl quietly mails three envelopes in the middle on the night. Mysterious. We quickly learn, in song if I’m remembering correctly, that this girl is getting married and these three invites are secret wedding invitations. She has lived her whole life fatherless and after recently discovering her Mother’s old diary she learns that it could possibly be three different men. One of these men is played by Pierce Brosnan…and he sings. Yes, that is right, I said it… James Bond sings and it is very weird and melodramatic…but still very entertaining. Another one is played by Colin Firth, who is in every British chick flick ever made. He sings and then turns out to be gay…I think…well, he dances off with a hunky Greek guy. And the third is played by this Swedish dude that you’ve seen in like 800 other movies as the intense/ stubborn guy. What else was he in? Oh yeah, he was the intense/ stubborn Professor that discovers Matt Damon in “Good Will Hunting”. He also plays an intense/stubborn security guard in “Angels and Demons” which I saw last weekend…not bad. Enter Meryl Streep….Oooooh….need I say more? Anyways, the daughter wants to figure out which one her father is so he can walk her down the aisle. And they sing;

Mamma Mia! Here we go again. My, My How can I resist you?

Remember these lyrics because they will get stuck in your head!

The music is what made it for me. First of all it is ABBA so you have songs like “Dancing Queen” which is probably the most familiar. I’m not really a fan of ABBA and I have to admit I actually thought one of these songs was by Fleetwood Mac. What the hell does ABBA stand for anyways. (Ok, so I just wiki’d ABBA and apparently it is an acronym of all the band members names). I like the name Bjorn. What is that? Japanese?

The beer I chose to accompany “Mamma Mia!” was Weihenstephaner: Heff Weissbier (pronounced “Wei-hen-step-han-er”) and I think it’s German. The label claims it is from the World’s Oldest Brewery. I poured it into a frosty pint glass and it looked deliciously golden. It was fairly strong and since I have the tolerance of an 8-year old Geisha in training I was quickly buzzed. I think the buzz helped me get into the mood and into the musical. So, did the wine that followed the beer. I felt like Pirouetting around my apartment singing "Dancing Queen". Great song.

All in all, this was a great film. In fact, I was hesitant to mail it back to Netflix. I had resist the urge to run back and throw it back into the DVD player. Wait, I just added it back to my queue maybe next time I use the Sing-Along DVD feature…Mamma Mia! Here I go again.

FORCE THE BOYFRIEND:  4 out of 10 (You'll like it, but he probably won't)

Beer Pairing Recommendation
It's hard to pronounce but tastes pretty good.  It will get you
buzzed enough to sing along 


1 comment:

  1. I liked your review of this movie!