Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! (2008), based on the hit musical, is directed by Phyllida Lloyd, and tells the story of a young bride-to-be wanting to find her father, before walking down the aisle. She sends out invitations to the three men she thinks the most likely, but the problem arises when all three of them land up for the wedding, each thinking she's his daughter! The story is told through Abba songs, Sophie (the bride-to-be) singing "Honey Honey" about her to-be-husband, and Donna singing "Dancing Queen" to prove to herself she's still young and 'with it' - just as examples.

This film is a total waste of time. The only reason I sat through it is because I always like to watch a movie right through to the end, no matter how bad it is, and believe me, this one was tough to sit through. Meryl Streep made me cringe, her sisters were even worse, and I couldn't believe that Colin Firth had stooped to this level! (Don't even get me started on Pierce Brosnan, whom I've never liked anyway and who just slipped a few notches lower in my esteem of him.)
Perhaps the highlights of the movie were the Greece scenery and Amanda Seyfried's blonde hair. But that's about it.

One could argue that the Abba songs make the movie what it is, but I disagree. I'm an Abba fan, and I think I'd much rather just listen to them on their own than be tortured by a movie such as this. Mamma Mia! is badly directed, badly written, completely implausible, over-the-top in the acting, and made me want to send out an "SOS"!


Priyanka said...

STOP REVIEWING BAD MOVIES, woman. You're sounding crabby and spinsterish and in-need-of-a-hot-bath-ish.

Riddhi G.D said...

Actually na, Thanks for the review. I was under the impression that it was a good movie but now I won't watch it. Meryl Streep making you cringe is a little hard to belive tho

Magically Bored said...

@ Priyanka: Sohini asked me to write some negative reviews, just to see what my scathing writing would be like. Heh.

@ Riddi GD: Well, opinions differ, you might like it! I loved Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada, though.

A Benevolent Sultan for Life said...

Please post at least the names of the movies that are interesting in some side tab or something . I like some of your movie choices and always helps if things are tried and tested :D, I do read iamdb reviews though.

Happy life.

Riddhi G.D said...

So, i Did wind up watching Mamma mia over the winter. And i've got to say, i Completely agree with you. Amanda Seyfried isn't a bad actress though she's evidently tried very hard to be one in Mamma mia. Have you seen Jennifer's body? It's obviously not going to make it to the Oscars, but Seyfried can act a lot better than she did here.
And don't blame Meryl Streep too much for this movie. I have the feeling that she just wanted to let go and go completely mad for once. If this pisses you off too much, you could always watch The Hours :)

the soliloquist said...

I tried watching the movie the other day.
And I disagree with P. Scathing reviews are muchfun to read. =)

Magically Bored said...

@ A Benevolent Sultan For Life: I am trying to revive this movie blog, so watch out for some possible changes. :)

@ Riddhi GD: Haha, possible, maybe one could explain Streep's acting debacle like that!

@ The Soliloquist: Amen. I like scathing reviews too. Sometimes Pratim D Gupta does really good scathing ones in T2.

ramya said...

Ha! I couldn't agree more! Both my brother and I grew up listening to ABBA and are big fans, and he absolutely loved the movie and I hated it. Plus, I think the songs are terribly remade. I'm not sure how I blog-hopped my way here. Nice read :)