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5.0 out of 5 stars Feel good fun...Critics find another Job!, November 1, 2008
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This review is from: Mamma Mia! The Movie - 2-Disc Special Edition (DVD)
I sometimes wonder what movie the critics see because it rarely if ever matched the movie I see. I paid to see this movie five times and took my daughter four of those times, we LOVE it. I makes you feel good, the music gives you energy, to me the movie made me feel young and hopeful. The loctaion it was shot in was breathtaking, the chemisty on screen was wonderful! When it first came out it was not a trailer that grabbed me and I really had no interest in seeing it, but a friend of mine invited me and my daughter to go with her one night, and I am so glad we did. I shudder to think I almost missed one of the best big screen experiences I've ever had.
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Initial post: Dec 5, 2008 12:47:08 PM PST
S. Green says:
That's funny that you say that. My mom went to see this movie four times and would've gone even more had it stayed in theatres longer! I went with her once and we loved it. We can't wait for it to come out on DVD!

Posted on Dec 25, 2008 8:53:07 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2008 10:06:09 PM PST
I can see what you say. Abba music & lyrics has something special in them, and Mamma Mia takes all of that and puts it together in an entertaining musical. Indeed, the movie has been a huge success in terms of gross revenues, but this too attests that devotion to Abba's musical instinct. But I have to say that the movie is mostly lacking in terms of connecting with the emotion of those songs as compared to the stage musical which is a finely honed performance ( actually a celebration of Abba ). But I say this not as a critic looking to pick a fight, but as a fan who kept waiting for the movie to reach it's potential . . . which IMO it never does. Not trying to rain on anyone's parade here since folks who se the movie had a good time, but please see the musical live and up close and personal. You've got to experience the electricity of the stage version in order to see how much the movie fails to convey. Some of this has to do with the differences between stage and film. But much of it is simply because the film comes up short in comparison. But art is about leaving someone satisfied, and it appears that both the stage and film versions do that.

Posted on Jan 5, 2009 7:19:39 AM PST
I could care less what a critic says. Usually a lot of movies/music/books, etc. that they put down winds up being stuff I enjoy.

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 9:21:39 AM PDT
I am totally on the same page. I LOVED this movie...I have the soundtrack in my car. I'm 22, and was an ABBA fan in high school, which was less than "cool." I think what the critic said was "over the top" was purposefully so...it's a FUN film, not a serious drama. If it was meant to be taken for the plot they wouldn't have paraded the entire cast out in disco outfits after the credits rolled for an encore! It was an all star cast who delivered...I don't think that it was meant to be compared to the stage version, either, because that would mean that we are supposed to do that with every musical (e.g. Mary Poppins, The Lion King etc.) which is not what's meant to be. Theater is totally different, and respected for different reasons. I would say that more people are inclined to go to the movies than they are to Broadway, which isn't a judgment, just a fact. So if they wanted to make their money, they had to do it with a smashing cast of film actors/actresses, not theater figures. Though I think that this movie reached across boundaries to a wide array of audience members...After all that, my basic point is that I liked it and I think it's judged too harshly for not being something it was never trying to be. Just my two cents...
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