Tuesday 25 November 2008

What a surprise!

I have to confess I am plesently surprised with this film. Mamma Mia! is a movie based on a musical based on the songs of the pop group Abba, for something that is so far removed from the original group I expected this film to have an uneasy relationship with it's musical roots. However is a zesty, feel-good movie that will have you dancing in your seat and singing along if you aren't very careful.

So much so that there should be a health warning on the Mamma Mia DVD cover stating that the songs are liable to get stuck in your head after watching it.

The cinematography is breathtaking - the dazzling blues of the Mediterranean and idyllic locations add to the holiday-feel of the film.

Then of course there are the hit songs - the choreography is inventive and the seasoned cast (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski) appear to have a blast - even if they can’t all sing; they imbue their performances with the ABBA spirit.

There’s no excuse for not knowing the words as there is the option to turn on the on-screen lyrics for all the songs. It's best viewed with a group of friends and lashings of cocktails.

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