Movie Review: Mama Mia7/19/2008Shen Gee
I just watched MAMA MIA. And boy is it a good one for me... For those who have a very close relationship with their mother can definitely relate to this film... or for those who doesn't have any idea who their father is.
Why did i enjoy it?
First, it is a famous broadway musical based on a few chosen songs of ABBA, my favorite band when i was young-er and still constantly sings on karaoke (Who doesn't?). Two of my fave are Dancing Queen and Gimme Gimme Gimme which was given a highlight in this movie musical. I just love love them. If the plot sucked, i would have loved it anyway just because of the music. And who knew Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan(Yes! Pierce Brosnan!) can sing?
Second, the movie was about finding yourself and usually that only leads you back to your mother's nurturing arms telling you are truly perfect and not just because you are her daughter. Donna, played by Meryl Streep, was a flowerchild-feminist who have been a bit promiscious during her younger days that she has no idea who the father of her daughter Sophie(played by Amanda Seyfried) truly is. It could be Sam(Pierce Brosnan), Bill(Stellan Scarsgard) or Harry(Colin Firth). And i thought my family was crazy! Phew!
As a child, brought up practically by a single parent, i admire the character of Meryl Streep who braved motherhood and chose to raise a child on her own. I specially love the part wherein she said that despite the lack of choices she had, she can't regret anything for a having a child like Sophie. After all confusion, Donna and Sophie finally found her happily ever after... just not the way we expected.
And that love conquers all... doesn't it always?
Lastly, the happy giddy ala High School Musical dancing and singing just makes you wanna sing-a-long to the movie while swaying your butt. Really, i was belching Dancing Queen, Fernando and Take a chance on me while i was watching! Who wouldn't, after all the karaoke practice i'm sure we already memorized the lyrics to ABBA songs.
This movie left me hopeful, not only for me but also for my mother who has been going through a lot lately. And to all those women who thinks they can't feel young again.
This movie earned 4 out of 5 Kikay Pinay Points.
4 because i wasn't really that too keen on their dance steps... and i found some parts over way too cheesy for me. And this movie also reminds me of Filipino love/comedy movies where there is always a song and dance number on the beach! You know what i'm talking about!