Summer movie club: Mamma Mia! (2008)

TV editor Sophie Hicks is back with the second instalment of the summer movie club: Mamma Mia!

Sophie Hicks
21st May 2020
Image Credit: IMDB

When I think of summer, I think of Mamma Mia! because it's got everything: sun, songs, sexy times and most of all, Meryl Streep.

If you aren't aware of Mamma Mia! somehow, I'll briefly break down the plot. Sophie is getting married to a man named Sky, and Sophie invites the men who could be her potential fathers in the hopes that her dad can join her at her wedding. Her mum, Donna, is unaware that the men of her past are on the island. Which one is her real dad? Well, we'll never really know.

The world of Mamma Mia! is honestly the ideal summer for me. Ok, sure, wedding planning maybe isn't great. However, being on a Greek island singing ABBA songs whilst Meryl Streep wears dungarees sounds excellent. If we weren't in a pandemic, I'd like to imagine that this is what I would be doing at this very moment: joining the Dynamos as their newest member during a rendition of 'Super Trouper'.

However, at this point, I think I'd even take marrying Sky (who I quite frankly hate) over this lockdown. Hell, give me Sophie's daddy issues over this lockdown, give me the full Mamma Mia! experience. Honestly, all the potential dads seem to be quite nice people, so I really would not mind all this drama if it meant that I could be on a Greek island with the real love of my life, Meryl Streep. Three dads would mean three separate Christmas meals and presents, right? I guess Mamma Mia! is even quite accurate in its portrayals of summer when cougar Tanya goes for Pepper in a disturbing rendition of 'Does Your Mother Know?'. Even though I don't condole Tanya's actions, I would just love to sing that song and be an extra frantically dancing on the background.

Basically, the ideal summer for me would be to be on an island far away, as long as it has some sun. However, I'd only accept this summer getaway if it involved a lot of ABBA songs, singalongs with a fairly tone-deaf star-studded cast and a wedding/paternity fiasco. Ah, summer, how I dream of you.

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AUTHOR: Sophie Hicks
Former TV Sub-Editor for The Courier and BA Media Communication and Cultural Studies graduate

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