I have a confession.
I'm totally obsessed with Mamma Mia.
Yes, that Mamma Mia.
The one with Meryl Streep & Colin Firth & Amanda Seyfried & Greece & um... Pierce Brosnan.
All singing ABBA songs.
I just can't help myself guys. I love it.
Here are a few reasons...
I read somewhere that you should watch this movie on mute & then you'll love it. It's just so pretty! And kind of makes me want to move to a Greek island.
Here's what I love about the decor in Mamma Mia:
blue & white
water, fountains, the sea
candles & twinkle lights
patterns - on towels, bedding & curtains
I even love all the sparkly scenes & suddenly feel that I really need a little more glitter in my life.
#2 Female relationships
I love how totally open the women in this movie are - with themselves & others. Yes, I know this movie is based on songs by ABBA, so they are obviously portraying extremes. But I can always use the encouragement to be a little more open.
These women scream when they're excited, cry & run away when they're sad, & tell each other exactly how they're feeling, even when it's not always nice. They are super close & supportive & they know how to have fun together, which brings me to point #3...
Seriously. Meryl Streep does a toe touch in this film. They dance, sing, laugh, & wear some insane clothes.
Because as Dr. Seuss would say, "These things are fun, & fun is good."
Don't even get me started.
lots of blue & white again
wavy hair & barrettes
dresses & skirts
Deceptively simple outfits
They wear lots of jewelry & patterns, but in a very simple - just walk out of the house - way.
They don't always wear things that look perfect on them. No offense, Amanda Seyfried, but the swimsuit/white skirt combination is weird. She even spends an entire montage wandering around the island in a one-piece swimsuit. But she looks awesome in it. Confidence goes pretty far.
So you've got the simple, "I grew up on this Greek Island" clothes & then the "my mom was a hippie/ABBA singer" clothes.
Come on, guys, those scenes are awesome.
And really, you never know when a feather boa might come in handy.
#5 Lightening up
Yes, I know Pierce Brosnan sings in this movie & I agree, it's a travesty. It shouldn't have happened.
But as my friend says,
"Anyone who doesn't like Mamma Mia is just taking themselves too seriously."
I concur. Let's lighten up.
#6 Meryl Streep
Can we all just contemplate for a moment how awesome Meryl Streep is? She can basically play anyone, & I love that she chose this film.
She dances, sings, & wears overalls & a cowboy hat.
The woman can do no wrong.
#7 That scene with the scarf
Okay. Even if you hate this movie, you still have to give me this one: the scene where Meryl Streep sings The Winner Takes It All is just. so. amazing.
#7 Dancing Queen
Who doesn't love some ABBA? And 2+ hours of ABBA songs with Meryl on a Greek Island sounds like a good time to me.
Adapted from Life on Canvas.