It's a rainy day here in Brockport, NY on Sunday, July 20, 2008 and the local Strand theater has Mama Mia, Hancock, and The Dark Knight. The Dark Knight started at 1:00 PM and Mama Mia started at 1:15 PM. I noticed that The Dark Knight got better reviews in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and so I chose that and lasted about 15 minutes. There was enough gratuitous violence in the first 15 minutes and the stupidest plot line I suffered in so short a period in a long time, I walked out thinking that Mama Mia couldn't be any worse.
So, I walked out of theater 3 and into theater 1 and was more satisfied. Mama Mia is corney musical, but the music by Abba and the acting by Merle Streep makes this movie. It is definitely a chic flick, and the women in the audience this afternoon outnumbered men by 2:1 and the men who were there besides me were there with a woman whom I am guessing dragged their reluctant husbands or boyfriends.
The storey line of Mama Mia is that 20 year old Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), the daughter of single mom Donna (Meryl Streep) who runs a bed and breakfast on a romantic Greek Island, finds her mother's diary and finds out that her mother had sex with three men around the time of her conception and she wants her father at her wedding. Unbeknownst to her mother Sophie invites her mother's former 3 lovers to the wedding. The fiasco that follows makes up the musical romantic comedy.
Overall, I enjoyed it, and would rate Mama Mia a 3 on a scale of 5.
The Dark Knight gets a 1 in my book.