2.5 stars (out of 4)
Took a hit for matrimonial harmony, gritted teeth, saw it. ‘Twas exactly as I expected (shiver) until, out of nowhere, a gorgeous mother-watching-daughter-grow-up scene between Donna (Meryl Streep) and Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) made me cry – and made the whole flick worthwhile. The movie found its stride then, setting up a fun final half-hour.
If you thought Pierce Brosnan was brave in the Bond movies when he jumped from planes sans parachute, you should hear him sing (as Sam, one of Sophie’s three possible fathers – the others are played by Colin Firth, who steals scenes, and Stellan Skarsgard).
PS: I know I’m late to this realization, but ABBA sure created a bunch of pop classics in a short span.