August 1, 2008

‘Mamma Mia!’ Good Portrayal of Mother-Daughter Bond

By Miranda C.R. White

"Mamma Mia!" opened July 18, and seems to be a popular piece among crowds of middle-aged women.

The musical, with many songs from the hit group ABBA from the '70s, has women jumping up and dancing in their seats.

People can expect the movie to be like any other musical with random spurts of song and full of emotion.

With the movie focusing a lot on the "flower power" age and hippies, you can count on it to be full of sexual innuendos. I do not suggest the movie for children at all.

Many parts of the movie shocked me somewhat because of the sexual content. I know this represented the hippie days, but it could have been a little cleaner and a lot more fun.

It looked like it was going to be pretty serious until the singing and dancing started. It was a little overdramatic, but I guess that is how musicals are supposed to be.

The plot was a serious one, a daughter looking for her long-lost father against her mother's knowledge so that she could have her father walk her down the aisle. In an attempt to find her father, she sends invitations to three of her mother's lovers, who show up without having a clue what is going on.

From then on the show ended up being a tremendous comedy. For me, it would have been better if it had been all comedy or all seriousness, because then I would have known whether to take things seriously.

The most confusing part was when they mixed a bachelorette party with debilitating stress. I had no clue what to think there.

The worst part was that I could not understand half the things they said because they either squealed or were too muffly.

I tried to decipher what they were saying because I like to analyze everything actors say. And it was frustrating because I felt I had missed pieces of the plot.

And there were missing pieces of the puzzle, such as a guy trying to break off a wedding and then going happily on his way to get married.

The whole cast, however, was very funny and did a great job at every one of their parts.

I loved that the mother and daughter seemed to have the same sort of lives.

You could really tell that the mother Donna (Meryl Streep) and the daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) lived up to their parts. You would never guess that they were actresses, and they looked and acted so much alike.

My favorite part of the movie is the amazing yet tense relationship between mother and daughter. It was passionate.

The film had passion, comedy and seriousness all packed in, and the choice of actors and actresses was phenomenal.

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