Good Monday morning everyone. Hubby and I went to see Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again over the weekend and I’ve been stewing over my thoughts on the movie all weekend. So I’m going to use this platform to discuss the movie.
Warning there will be spoilers. If you haven’t seen the movie and don’t want to know what happens then click away now.
Alright if you are still here then you either have seen the movie or simply don’t care if it is spoiled. Now for what I thought. Basically, I’m torn. I loved the first movie so much and it continues to be one of my favorites when I want a fun feel-good movie to brighten my day. I was excited to see the sequel/prequel that we ponied up the money to see it on the Imax screen, in 2D thank God because I’m not a fan of 3D. For the first spoiler, you were warned, they killed Donna off. They let us know pretty quick that Donna had died a year earlier and all the returning characters spend much of the movie mourning her loss. Talk about a buzz kill! It cast this cloud over the film that just brought the whole mood down. Also, Donna was my favorite character from the first movie and her loss was definitely felt. This isn’t to say there were not fun moments, there were, but much of time I kept think about how much I wished Donna was there. What makes this movie work is the chemistry between the characters and to have Donna gone disrupted that too much. Besides that, though, the cast was amazing! They did an excellent job of casting younger versions of the characters. The addition of Cher was also a great choice but underutilized in my opinion. They should have given her a bigger part as it would have made up for the loss of Donna. Why not have a reconnection of Sophie and her Grandmother earlier in the movie so we could enjoy more banter between the two. You could have still had the showstopper number at the end of the film.
The flashbacks with the younger actors portraying how Donna ended up on the island were fun for a while but not that interesting. I enjoyed learning how she met each man but I felt they could have been condensed. I would have much rather spent my time in the present with Tanya and Rose and Sophie. The musical numbers were fun but some of the songs could have been left out. The whole Kissed a Teacher number, in particular, is not appropriate. Sorry, it isn’t. Then just as I’m getting over the loss of Donna they brought back her spirit for the last scene when Sophie baptized her son. That was simply rubbing salt in my wounds at this point and a horrible note to end the film on in my opinion. I’m coming off the high of seeing Cher sing Fernando to watch Sophie have a duet with her dead mother! I bawled. I’m sorry it needed to end with Cher they should have kept Donna out altogether.
OR, a better idea would have been to have Donna and Sam off enjoying their lives together after turning the resort over to Sophie and Sky. Now I’m sad from this movie but now when I watch the first one I’m going to be sad all over again knowing that Donna and Sam just have a few brief years together before she dies. Thanks.
Despite my bitching, I did enjoy this movie. It is just the more I think about it the more disappointed I get over it. I want to watch it again, though, I want to see how I feel about the movie going in knowing that Donna has died. Perhaps I will be able to just let that go and enjoy the silliness of what a movie based on Abba songs should be, simply fun.
Alright, that’s a lot of rambling for a Monday morning. Sorry to dump that on you all but I needed to get it out of my system. It is just that I was looking so forward to the movie and then deeply disappointed by what it ended up being. I needed to vent…