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Mamma Mia! [DVD] [2008]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (243 out of 256)

    Synopsis


    Mamma Mia!
    Longing to discover the identity of her true father before she exchanges her wedding vows, the daughter of a once-rebellious single mother secretly invites a trio of paternal candidates to her upcoming wedding in this feature adaptation of the beloved stage musical. Independent-minded single mother Donna (Meryl Streep) has always done her best to raise her spirited daughter, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), while simultaneously running a successful hotel on a small Greek island, but now the time has come for this hardworking mom to finally let go. In just a few days, Sophie will be married, and Donna will stand by bittersweetly as her little girl takes flight. Of course, Donna's lifelong friends Rosie (Julie Walters) and Tanya (Christine Baranski) will both be present at the wedding, but unbeknownst to the mother, Sophie has furtively invited three very special guests of her own. When Sophie walks down the aisle on that fateful day, she wants her father to hand her off. The only problem is that Donna has never revealed the true identity of Sophie's father, leaving the resourceful future bride to narrow the list down to three potential candidates. Now, as three key figures from Donna's past return to the picturesque Mediterranean shores they all walked 20 years prior, one beautiful bride will discover the secret of her past while one lonely mother finds out that it's never too late for a little romance. Phyllida Lloyd, director of both the original London sensation as well as the hit Broadway incarnation, makes her feature directorial debut with this big-screen version of the beloved musical featuring 22 classic ABBA hits. Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, and Dominic Cooper co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Meryl Streep
      Meryl Streep - Donna
    • Pierce Brosnan
      Pierce Brosnan - Sam
    • Colin Firth
      Colin Firth - Harry
    • Julie Walters
      Julie Walters - Rosie
    • Dominic Cooper
      Dominic Cooper - Sky



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 256 reviews

    95%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Travesty! And not in the lovable way!!!

      Posted
      Lexa

      This movie wasn’t terrible, but it was still a major disappointment. I am a HUGE Abba fan and I can honestly say that this movie is an injustice to their music. Casting was completely WRONG When I heard that Meryl Streep was in this, I immediately thought “Huh… I didn’t know Meryl Streep could sing.” And guess what? SHE CAN’T! And Pierce Bronson’s voice was so grating! But at least he’s semi-pretty. So I can forgive him. But there was one thing that really bothered me. Donna was in her FORTIES when she gave birth to Sophie! Why was she disowned? Shouldn’t her mother be glad that’s her daughter finally gave her a grandchild? She probably had given up hope! And the dot, dot, dot bit was cute. But less cute when you realize it’s a forty year old woman writing that! And her lovers were in their twenties! But of course, they never bring that up, despite how ridiculous it looks in the film. I mean, you can REALLY tell Meryl Streep’s age. Who was the makeup artist for this film? I’ve read reviews that this movie takes place in the 1980’s. If that’s so, then you;ll have to ignore the modern clothes, modern language, and the popularity of the internet! Someone messed up. And the character of Donna was so obnoxious. Even more so, running around in those baggy overalls. What ugly costumes! Meryl Streep seriously needs to think about aging with dignity. It seemed like she was mimicking a 3 year old child in this. She looked even more ridiculous b/c she was acting beside Christine Baranksi, the epitome of talent, beauty, & sophistication. In fact, the only mature actress who could get away with Donna’s silliness would be Diane Keaton. She’s talented and lovable. Streep is not. Then randomly at the end, Colin Firth likes men? Okay, so he did say that he hasn’t love another woman since Donna and he has dogs instead of children – but I wouldn’t call those hints. He usually does a better job at choosing roles, so it’s shocking that this movie was so bad. I’m an Abba fan, and I still disliked this film. But the movie does redeem itself at the end, when Colin Firth dancing in Abba attire. If I had to recommend this movie, it would only be for that scene alone. Amanda Seyfried gave a great performance. Her fiancé was a little off. But Christine Baranski definitely stole the show! She has never looked so good! The most talented actors come from Buffalo, NY! She can brighten up the cruddiest movies! Her character was a good one to play. I love, love, love musicals, but this was disappointing. The actors couldn’t sing, nor dance. I can’t believe this was theatrical. It really seemed like a made for TV movie. Even the extras were just “blah.” I can sing along without any help. However, this is the type of movie my grandmother would enjoy. And if you’re mad at your boyfriend, make him sit through this. HA! That will fix him!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      a fairly good movie, stunning blu-ray picture!

      Posted
      jhaves
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      I was a little kid when abba hit the scene, so I only remember bits & pieces, but I rediscovered them in the mid-to-late '80s, and have loved them ever since. Add amanda seyfred singing their songs & a very vivid blu-ray picture (I've seen the dvd, and was impressed how much better this was: the water/ beaches looked better, the night scenes were clearer—the colors were generally more vivid.) Not my favorite movie musical where the actors actually sang (that was Across The Universe [beatles]), but this would be up there on my list!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Surprisingly good

      Posted
      fsbcmusicman
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      I really never had the intention of seeing this Musical until the sequel was released. It was quite entertaining! Very well done. Loved the set, the music and the cast. Pierce Brosnan is not a singing and was 'OK'. Meryl Streep was super! I was quite surprised at her performance. It's definitely a chic flick and was fun to watch with my wife and daughter.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Joyful!

      Posted
      ermaho

      Forget the critics, forget the ABBA haters. This is a joyful, fun and even moving version of the stage bonanza. The Greek Island locations couldn't be more perfect. As for those who say the stars can't sing? Meryl is dynamite. Her Winner Takes It All is amazing. And what fun she has throughout the film. Baranski is a well known Broadway Musical Star and she can sing. Brosnan? He's got a gruff sound, but he sure acts the songs wonderfully. Watching MAMMA MIA is like observing a great party that you wish you were invited to.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Uplifting

      Posted
      Joey17

      Bought the CD as soon as it came out and enjoy the songs a lot. Fun to sing to. After viewing the movie, said -"can't wait till the DVD comes out, I'm buying it." I enjoy watching a movie sometimes that you don't have to concentrate on 100% so you don't miss some important event. This is a movie you can play and clean house to or some other project. Enthusiastic music, lively, peppi. Even if you don't enjoy musicals you can enjoy this one.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      What a fabulous movie!!

      Posted
      BKGeekGirl
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      If you love Abba and a fabulous cast, you will enjoy this movie. Aesthetically it is beautiful to watch, it's a lot of fun! You should definitely watch this movie as the prequel to part 2. It is so worth the money, try to get the anniversary edition with blueray and the digital download...enjoy!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      MAMMA MIA FOREVER!!!!!

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      pallacod
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      I regularly watch my DVD, so I was happy to replace it with the upodated 109 year anniversary edition. Why not? MAMMA MIA was fun on the stage and great fun on screen, and all those ABBA songs!!!! They will never ever be forgotten, and neither will this silly and unforgettable musical motion picture. ABBA ALWAYS!!!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Mama Mia

      Posted
      kari7

      AS an ABBA fan, it was fun to have their music put together in such an imaginative way. I enjoyed the locations and the character development. However, some of the plot was a bit far fetched. It was also fun finding Benny and Bjorn in two cameo appearances. If only Frida and Agnetha could have done the same. I would recommend this to anyone having a bad day or just needing an escapist type movie. Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried did an amazing job!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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