How many people out there have seen the film version of the musical Mamma Mia? I went to see it about a week ago, and I have mixed feelings on it.
The script that they were working with was light and funny, and the music could have made it a movie to remember. Politically, I like how the main character realizes that a nuclear family doesn't make life easier to understand, but that it's a stifling mold to fit those around you into.
To say anything else about this movie would spoil it for others, so that's after the jump. But what did you all think about it?
The biggest problem I had with this movie was the casting. Pierce Brosnan simply can't sing. And that's not just my strange musical taste shining through - when he sang his first song a few other people in the theater actually started laughing out loud. He was horrible.
Sophie, Meryl Streep's daughter in the film, isn't all that great of an actress, and switched rather clumsily between a limited range of emotions throughout the film. She wasn't all that great of a singer either, do I don't really know what she was doing with one of the lead roles.
I was bothered by how the Greeks were treated in this movie, too. Donna and Sophie lived on a Greek island and owned a business there for 20 years, and yet neither managed to make a single Greek friend? Donna had to import two to come to the wedding and Sophie only has English-speaking friends, so I'm guessing they just lack in the social skills department.
But it did come off to me as though the Greeks were just there to be furniture, which makes no sense because the film could have just as easily been set in California or the Caribbean.
I am an ABBA fan, though, and the movie provided a fresh take on those songs, for someone who's never seen the play. I liked it enough, I just thought it had more potential is all.
But at least they tacked on a gay subplot and didn't reveal Sophie's biological father. Details like that make me happy