Mamma Mia!

I’ve never seen a cinema so busy. It’s years since I’ve struggled to find a seat, but Orange Wednesdays + Mamma Mia had the place heaving. It’s been out a few weeks, so I guess word of mouth must be pretty strong. I can understand why, as I really enjoyed it.

I’m very fond of ABBA, which obviously helps, but the effort and imagination put into the routines was everything you’d hope. ‘Dancing Queen’ was the highlight, for me, but I rarely stopped smiling. It’s also hard to dislike something in which the cast are clearly having the time of their lives – Julie Walters and Christine Baranski, particularly, seemed on top of the world for the entire film. The whole thing was just fun, and as such it didn’t matter at all that some of the cast were better singers than others. Deeply endearing.