Many swoon at the mere mention of Pierce Brosnan; most fantasize about an idyllic summer spent lolling in the Greek Islands, and several more will admit to singing ABBA in the shower. Mamma Mia throws it all into a blender and seasons it liberally with a singing Meryl Streep and a dancing Colin Firth to make a frothy cinematic experience. And by the movie’s mid-July opening on the 18th, who among us isn’t looking for approximately two-hours-worth of refreshment from sultry city streets that sequins, SOS, and a dip in the Mediterranean Sea can provide?
There’s not much here to offend beyond innuendo, so if you have young ones who are entranced by a rollicking dance number and a liberal dose of ‘80s rock, you can guiltlessly bring them along to the film that is hands down this summer’s guiltiest pleasure. Date movie material, but of course. But we’d recommend reserving this one for a night out with the ladies, since the triple dose of international and debonair eye candy is unparalleled.
The premise is saucy. A 20-year old woman named Sofie Sheridan is getting married and wants her dad to walk her down the isle—only single mom Donna Sheridan, in a surprise celluloid turn by Oscar-heavy Meryl Streep, is not so much forthcoming on the paternal info. Cut to a two-decade-old diary with tales of a three-fling summer, cuing up ABBA’s oeuvre, and the ensuing entrance of Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Stellan Skarsgard. Papa’s positive id takes a while, but who’s to care when the interim celluloid minutes are so decadently delirious you’ll be dangerously close to belting out a ditty or two yourself?
Just like the stage version, the crux of the plot’s pretty thin, but with everything else this movie’s got going for it, you’ll be willing to forgive.
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