Following my celeb encounter in the lobby, I managed to pull it together and watch "Mamma Mia!" with 3 of my fabulous lady friends. I give the film a hearty "enjoyable" rating. I mean, the musical is totally nuts and barely makes any sense, so the movie didn't have a lot to work with. But, Meryl is fabulous (as always) and any movie with Colin Firth in it is worth something because he is always bumbling and adorable.
Biggest problem of the movie can be summed up in 2 words:
PIERCE and BROSNAN.
The guy is a total train wreck. He looks like he's been on steroids because his face is kind of bloated and the guy cannot sing worth his life. Like, it is PAINFUL listening to him and he looks like he is in pain himself trying to squeak out the notes. It is just not good. But other than that, the movie is a hoot. And it makes you want to go to Greece, get a tan, and get your drink on.
Best part of the movie: in one of the final dance sequences at the wedding reception, Colin Firth does this amazing leap thing where he flings his arms in the air shirtless, eyes closed, head tilted back. He looks like some gay nymph frolicking through Arcadia or something. I want to buy the DVD just so I can freeze frame that moment and laugh. The entire audience cracked up when it happened. Look carefully or you will miss it. He is on the right side of the screen.
Oh, and the guy that Sophie is engaged to totally looks like he could be in the British version of Menudo...if it existed.
I recommend it for some good, lighthearted fun. And try to go with my friend Parmer because she proceeded to sing and fling her arms around while chair dancing throughout the big numbers. It was highlare and raised the entertainment factor 10 fold.