This won't be a proper review,because this shit doesn't deserve one.
For one,I fell asleep about 40 minutes into the movie-never a good sign.There were times my attention strayed,only to be brought back by a nice number by Meryl Streep.But it came to a point where the story itself took leave and was replaced by a medley of songs that were not only irrelevant but also sung badly.A lot of times the vocals felt detached from the background music-as if the two were recorded separately then strung in the studio by an angry,underpaid amateur.And the casting director must've been tone deaf and/or brain dead because Pierce Brosnan is an awful singer and if this doesn't kill his career,I will.As for the rest of the cast-Amanda "I can put a fist in my mouth" Seyfried has a decent voice and so does Colin Firth but the songs feel half-baked and under-produced,and appear at the most inopportune moments only to die out abruptly.At the side-like a pimple you'd love to ignore but can't stop scratching (because damn thing hurts like a bitch)- there's Sky (Sophie's omnipresent fiance) played by a sleepwalking Dominic Cooper,an actor whose airy presence and distorted face I will forever equate with a fatal sense of boredom.
There were times when the off-pitch Pierce Brosnan would start singing,and the camera would go into close up-and this bizarre thing would happen,where his face starts quivering like a fucking seizure.And Sophie is such a whiny and immature character,you wonder why she's planning a wedding when really she should think about re-enrolling herself in preschool.Amanda Seyfried remains one of Big Love's highlights-in the HBO family drama she admirably holds a very compelling character without much force-but here she's too earnest and naive and aggressively so,and I can easily think of 10 other young actors who could've done a better job.
This is a grand waste because it takes a serious lack of talent to strip the joy off any ABBA song,and if this film was even half-decent Meryl Streep would've no doubt be the talk of town this season.Mamma Mia! is a film I already have trouble remembering,feel reluctant to hate and instead feel sympathy for-because it isn't just dumb,but pointlessly dumb.
P.S. I really like the poster above,its so hopeful and summery.Consider me fooled.