October 25, 2018
Written By: Avery Watts
“Mamma Mia! Here we go again….my my how can I resist you.” How can you resist great music, amazing actors, catchy toons and spicy romances when it comes to the new Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again movie? That’s right, you shouldn’t resist it!
For those who aren’t familiar with the basic background of Mamma Mia!, I would love to shed some light for you. Mamma Mia! was originally musically based on the songs of the band ABBA composed by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus in 1997. In 2008, the film of Mamma Mia!, starring the infamous Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried, was released, making over $600 million in box office sales. In the first Mamma Mia! movie, main character Donna Sheridan is a single mother to Sophie, the bright and beautiful 20-year-old who’s about to get married. Sophie always wanted to know who her father was, so she schemed to invite all the possible men who it could be. This movie unpacks the ins and outs of family drama, but also the love and unity shared through the midst of it.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was a long 10 years in the making, but boy was it worth it. With over $400 million in box office sales and Seyfried being nominated for a People’s Choice Award, this movie did not disappoint. In 1979, Young Donna graduates from Oxford and embarks on a journey of self-discovery traveling around the world. She gets bombarded with different romances on her way to her first stop, Greece. At the beginning of her journey, Donna falls in love with three different men, Bill, Harry, and Sam. This movie uncovers each relationships trying to get down to which men is the father of her new daughter, Sophie. The movie switches back to real life where Sophie is grown up and is trying to live up to her mom’s legacy by hosting a grand opening of the new tavern in Greece that she ran. We are reminded of the comedy and laughter that the first film brought by being reintroduced to old characters for a reunion. Critics gave this film an 80%, the audience gave it a 72% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.1/100 from IMDB reviews.
This is one of my favorite movies – from the original soundtrack of ABBA songs to the actors that bring you right back to the first movie. Join us next Saturday, November 3 at the Vines Center at 10 p.m., you won’t regret it!