Watched Mamma Mia on Friday with Terry and Sarah (and Lu). I was in two minds going in, as I'd heard it was so bad it was good, but had a sneaking suspicion it would just be plain bad. The story is a typical dramatic farce, set on a Greek island. The daughter of the character played by Meryl Streep doesn't know who her dad is, but finds her Mum's diary which in turn reveals there are three potential candidates. To complicate matters she's getting married and wants her dad at her wedding, so invites all three. Shoe horn in some tenuously linked Abba songs, and so it unfolds. I suspect it will be one of those love it or hate it films, but if you have a sentimental bone in your body you're likely to find it a big dollop of fun, irrespective of the tenuously linked songs, basic plot, and dodgy singing. 4/5 (5/5 from Lu)
Also watched Speed Racer, the latest from the Wacka-Wacka-Wachowski brothers. Speed Racer is the name of the hero character, conveniently born into a car racing family. Following in the shadow of his brother, who died in a racing accident, Speed has to fight corruption and those that will have him lose, set against a phenomenally colourful background. The film reminded me a bit of Spy Kids, with its far out CG and style, mixed in with the original series of Lost in Space, with the quirky family (and even the chimp, albeit without the alien ears). As a simple garish film for older kids and young teens it probably works, but the film is very long at over 2 hours - there's an obvious stopping point towards the end, but it continues with a further denouement. Another irritation point, and perhaps a hail back to films of yesteryear, is the British villain. That kind of stereotyping got tedious. Recommended for younger kids, as mentioned, and those adults who aren't too picky and still in touch with their inner child. A charitable 3/5.