Here be Spoilers!
I watched this with my Mum over a month ago, yet I still have Abba songs stuck in my head. How can that be?
- The mother character, Donna (played by Meryl Streep), is not branded a slut for not knowing which of the three men could be the father of her daughter, or for the fact that she had sex out of wed-lock and all that goes with that. Yay for not judging!
- Pierce Brosnan's inability to sing. Call me odd, but I found it endearing.
- The fact that the wedding between the two young people doesn't actually happen in the end.
- The fantastic setting. I want to go there, and live there (as long as it has excellent broadband and all my friends and family move too).
- The dancing, the singing, and the fact that it wasn't all perfect, which gives me confidence in my own abilities, in a strange way.
- The scene on the beach where Tanya (Christine Baranski) sings an anthem for the mature lady lover, turning Does Your Mother Know That You're Out on it's head.
- The Greek chorus, which made me feel those Classical Studies and Ancient History papers weren't entirely a waste of time.
- It looked like it was an incredibly fun film to make, particularly if the music video over the credits is anything to go by.
- Trotting out the old myth about women wanting to capture men and men trying to escape, in the storyline between Rosie (Julie Walters) and Bill (Stellan Skarsgard). Lone wolves indeed.
- The implication that Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) couldn't truly know who she was until she met her father, that she wasn't complete without his input.
- There was a definite high level of predictability, but I don't know that I'd actually change that. It was predictable like an old treasured blanket has the same comforting smell for years and years.
- Not enough Colin Firth. And maybe they could have made it more explicit that Harry was gay; I felt like they sort of glossed over it to avoid upsetting anyone.