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  10 months ago

The May movie results are in!

Hello Influencers!

You voted and we got the results! The movie up for review this month is......Mama Mia!

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  9 months ago
I have seen Mama Mia quite some time ago and although I don't have extremely good recollection of the details. I do want to underline how I truly enjoyed the musical part of the ABBA themed movie given I am a real fan of that group's music. I tend to feel though that had it not been for that feature of the movie ( the ABBA sound track type component), I most likely would not have liked it as much if at all. As to the cast, Though proficient, I was not overly impressed and must admit to having moments of distraction given some sequences leading to a bit of boredom. Again, I was ''kept in line'' by my love of ABBA's music more than the story's plot or intrigue. The invitation of the three possible fathers is cute, I guess, and the fact that they refuse to have paternity confirmed adds some twist to that plot fits the romantic comedy aspect. The initial idea of a search for the identity of the real father is interesting but not intrinsically so much as to lead me on. Basically, my take on the movies does not go beyond ' I liked the music but not the enactment of the story'. Let's leave it at that.


  9 months ago
This movie is my absolute favourite movie, and it is a super fun musical to watch.
The Singing is good for the actors playing in it, as you can't expect them to be world class. As they were chosen for their acting ability overall. Though Meryl Streep is my absolute favourite actor in this and she is just an overall exciting person to watch.
In the movie, there are many jokes most being funny, some being over the top but overall well done. The best piece in this is Dancing Queen, as it starts off sad then they make a couple of dirty jokes. This leads into a fun and entertaining number. It is one of the biggest song pieces in the movie with its fun dancing and it even includes other islanders.
The ending is one of the most frustrating parts of this musical movie, as it leaves you wanting an answer to the question. Who is her Dad?
It also can't help but make you think, don't DNA tests exist in this universe?
The Trio group in this musical provides the other best pieces, as their fun interactions with each other show friendship but also how much history with each other.
Taste wise be careful watching if you have an issue with younger men dating older women, as one set piece has a potential line pushing song. One that is fun but does provide some awkward moments.
Therefore, this is a hilarious and fun-loving movie, and if you love musicals this is certainly the musical movie for you!


  9 months ago
Boy, it has been a long time since I watched Mama Mia. And I am referring to the original, not the sequel. To be frank, I don't remember much of the plot detail, but here goes... First of all as the title clearly demonstrates, this movie is a musical, set to the songs of ABBA. If you are an ABBA fan, you will likely really enjoy the soundtrack, if nothing else. And it is kind of cool to see how the movie makes use of the songs to further the story line along. The story itself is interesting enough- a young girl about to get married, learns that her father could be any one of three men. So, without telling her mother, she invites all three to her wedding. The mother, suitably irked, eventually comes around and falls back in love with one of the three suitors. At the end of the movie a wedding indeed takes place, but instead of Sophie (the daughter) getting married, it is her mother, reunited with her long-lost love. One of the most delightful set pieces of the film is when the actors and actresses sing the titular song. It is full of joy and happiness. I think one of the real stand-outs here is Meryl Streep. She can actually sing! Anyone who saw her close out Postcards from the Edge knows the kind of pipes she has.


  9 months ago
MaMa Mia is my all time favourite movie. I watch it particularity when I'm depressed. I'm going to watch it right now, because I love it!
A Greek island, a wedding, a bride who needs to know about her past, some old friends, a re-union and a secret. All these combined with the fabulous well known songs by Abba
The young woman (Sophie) about to be married discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna, who was once the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos. In the meantime, Donna has invited her backup singers, Rosie and Tanya
Set on a colorful Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs.
The movie itself stars,
Amanda Seyfried as... Sophie
Stellan Skarsgård as... Bill
Pierce Brosnan as... Sam
Colin Firth as...Harry
Rachel McDowall as...Lisa
Ashley Lilley as... Ali
Meryl Streep as... Donna
Julie Walters as... Rosie
Christine Baranski as... Tanya.
Domic Cooper as ....Sky
There are many extras, that I didn't include in the above list.
Sophie secretly invites three men to her wedding, she doesn't tell her mother or her fience. One of which, she thinks is her birthfather. (I understand the need to find this out, as I am trying to find my own birthfather at the moment).
Sophie does tell her best friends, who kind of teased her by saying ("it had better be a wide isle)" lol
As she doesn't know which one of the three it is.
Once Donna discovers that her three exes are there she loses it, and breaks into the song "Mama Mia".
Mama Mia translated is like saying "HOLY COW"
The day consists of guests arriving for the wedding. Sophie decides to go for a sail around the island with her potential 3 dad's and gets reemed out by her fience.
The movie has numerous great songs and a happy joy joy kind of feeling.
Donna is freaking out as all 3 of her exes are there, and she can't figure out why. She gets one of her friends, Rosie, to try to get rid of them and she boards Bill's boat to find him wearing just an apron and mooning, while making breakfast. She falls in the ocean, while trying to get on board.
Donna's friend Tanya, is flirting with the boys on the beach, and again breaks into song.
At the end of the song she blows the air and all the guys fall down. haha!
By the time the wedding actually happens, Sophie admits it was her that invited Sam, Bill and Harry. She humiliates her mother, who quickly gets over it, and Sophie doesn't actually get married, Donna does. So there was a wedding afterall, but the bride and groom are Donna and Sam.


  9 months ago
MAMMA MIA, a complete and enjoyable ride into the world of love, past and present, mother and daughter, and search for a father.A really feel good and fun filled extravaganza with an upbeat soundtrack featuring the songs of ABBA. With her coming wedding a young woman finds her mother's diary and discovers her father is one of three possible individuals from her mother's past. Behind and unknowing on the mother's part all three are invited to the wedding. As the story unfolds what happens is complete enjoyment as truths come to the forefront and new and old loves surface. Performances by all members of the cast prove captivating and the entire presentation flows easily to keep viewers waiting for the next scene. With two true love stories unfolding before our eyes it's fun to figure out who is who and what is what. In the end all works out and everyone is happy. A performance for the entire family. Sit back and enjoy Streep, Brosnan, Firth, Baranski, and others as they give all in one of the best musicals to come to the screen in years. Definitely a surprise and worth viewing. I thought it would be a movie I'd never enjoy but after my wife raving about it I watched and was pleasantly surprised.


  9 months ago
Never had any interest in this one. And I Love, love, love live thestre and also go to be entertained.


  10 months ago
I was the best fun entertaining pick for a movie, Mama Mia. It was fun and had great plot to it. At the end everybody was happy. I was dancing and singing along with them. I've watched this movie so many times. The actors did a awesome job, they look like they had great time together like a family. It reminded me when i was married in the 80's. My dad walked me down the aisle. It was written by Catherine Johnson. It made lots of money over 60 million and grossed 2 billion world wide since its debut. Songs were from Abba, i grow up with their music. i was a teenager in the 70s. The scenery views were in Greece. It was so beautiful, its on my bucket list..I not surprised it was the longest running show in Broadway. They should have more movies like this one. Happy,fun and great for cheering you up, with positive feelings. This generation has to many sad, violence scenes with guns, scary story lines. This world needs more love and peace. The ending turned for the best, the mother got married with one of the three man and danced the night away. I 'm was thinking going to watch it again with my family on Mothers Day.


  10 months ago
I hope I'm in the right place to post my review for Mama Mia. I wish I could remember more about the movie, which I did see 20 years ago. I'm not even sure who the actors were, being so very long ago. All I remember is lots of singing and dancing and since I've always loved musicals, I enjoyed it. Sort of along the lines of The Sound of Music, which I actually remember quite well, but I digress. More than likely because I'm trying go get to the required 200 words. I really need those points! Mama Mia, Here I go again. Those are the lyrics I remember. Now who was the female lead? Meryl Streep? Okay, I googled it Christine Baranski, Amanda Seyfield, Philip Michae, Pierce Brosnan, to name a few more..Shall I name some of the songs? Dancing Queen, Money Money Money, Honey Honey, Lay All Your Love On Me.. Am I there yet? No, that's not one of the songs. I'm just trying to reach my 200 words. I apologize (I really need those 200 points! And that's about all I remember.


  10 months ago
Mama Mia!
Classic movie which I would watch over and over. And I have!
I enjoyed the actors portraying the characters in the movie. The ABBA songs were such a hit…
With the songs, the movie was fun to watch….bringing memories and being able to sing along from when I was a teenager.
The acting was done quite well, and I just loved the suspense behind Sophia trying to find out who her dad actually is. End result, no one knew, and all three men adopted her as her child. Each offering her something special that a daughter could long for. A daughter longing to find her real dad, but then in the end finding three. Sophie had all of the support from her mom and her best friends. They always looked out for her.
The movie contained suspense and romance at the same time. It was certainly special when old romance were rekindled, hosting a wedding, then calling if off, but yet a wedding did happened with Sophie’s mom and one of her dad’s.
The setting was done perfectly in a beautiful setting that one could only imagine to live in.
It was a sad ending when Sophie did not get married, but then turns into happiness when her mom gets wed at the end.
Love the movie!


  10 months ago
If you bopped to the incredibly popular music of ABBA in the 80’s, this star studded musical set on a spectacularly scenic Greek Island is the movie to sit down and watch with the family this Mother’s Day! Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth and Julie Walters to name just a few, dance and sing (who knew!) their way to back-to-back ABBA favourites such as the title song of course and others like “Dancing Queen”, ” “Money, Money, Money” and almost all their greatest hits.
Donna (Meryl Streep) who runs a tourist hotel on the island is the mother of 20 year old Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) who is engaged to Sky (Dominic Cooper) and has never known who her father is. After finding an old diary and unbeknownst to her mother, Sophie invites 3 possible candidates, Sam (Pierce Brosnan), Bill (Stellan Skarsgard) and Harry (Colin Firth), to her upcoming nuptials.
Some may call the plot line contrived. However the sheer enjoyment of the setting, the songs of our youth sung by some of our favourite movies stars over shadows the thin predictable storyline. Which is why this is my #1 pick to plop on the couch with Grannie, daughters, sisters, aunties and mothers after that indulgent Mother’s Day brunch!

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