Mamma Mia Trailers: ABBA Dabba Do


On Broadway, Mamma Mia is a fairly cheesy, lightweight jukebox musical which opened to raves that were mystifying—until you realized 9/11 had just happened and people were anxious for ANY piece of entertainment to lead us out of the smoky gloom. Carrie the Musical would have even gotten good reviews at that point! But seven years later, the screen version acquires some gravitas of its own by featuring the immortal Meryl Streep in the lead role, along with Oscar nominee Julie Walters and Tony winner Christine Baranski. This might not exactly be shaping up as the No Country for Old Men of this year, but at the very least it’s guaranteed a couple of Golden Globe nominations, right? Well, maybe. Let’s glance at the latest trailers for the film and decide for ourselves whether this will enhance our minds or rot our teeth. From what I can tell, this isn’t geared to the Mensa set. As large letters announce “EVERY GIRL HAS A DREAM,” a voiceover articulates the very same words in case you didn’t get it. Worse, this seems to be another promo campaign designed to throw you off the scent that it’s a musical. Yes, you hear songs and see lots of dancing, but you never see anyone actually singing—an act which, I would imagine, happens a lot in the film itself. But let’s not judge. Let’s sit back in our shiny bellbottoms and “see that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen.”

Mamma Mia: The Movie