Mamma Mia! is the film adaptation of a jukebox Broadway musical from 2001. Featuring the classic hit music of ABBA’s discography, Mamma Mia! has earned it’s place as one of the best musicals I’ve ever seen.
Raised by her single mother all her life, Sophie is soon to be married to her sweetheart Sky. Sophie has never known who her father was so when she happens upon her mother’s diary and discovers that there are three likely candidates, she invites them all to her wedding without informing her mother.
This watered-down synopsis is the best I can do without giving too much away. Mamma Mia! is one of the best musicals I’ve ever seen (small sample size) and that’s largely due to the excellent use of non-original music. ABBA has such a catchy and diverse catalog that the songs chosen for the movie are all amazingly fitting for each act. The performances of each song are a little hit or miss, but for the most part, the cast does a marvelous job of propelling the story along without dragging too much or getting caught up. By no means is this a serious movie like La La Land, so keep that in mind going into it. There are some ridiculous moments that are sort of unexpected but you just gotta roll with it.
Mamma Mia! is available to rent on Amazon Prime.