Monday Morning-Check In: Mamma Mia 2 Review (Spoilers)

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…

Advertisements

Movie Review: Star Trek Beyond (Possible Spoilers)

Blog Banner

 

I know, I know this is a book review blog so what the hell am I doing reviewing a movie.  Well, if you don’t know by now I’m a huge Trekkie (LLAP) and today I got to see the new movie and I feel like talking about it.  In case you didn’t read the title I may post spoilers, nothing too major, I don’t want to ruin the movie for you, but I want to have my bases covered.  So if you haven’t seen the movie yet and don’t want to know anything that goes on, leave now.  Go, watch the movie and come back to discuss.  You’ve been warned so no complaining in the comments.

 

 

 

Alright, hopefully,that’s enough space for most screens. Okay, shall we begin.

I loved this movie so much, as you could probably already predict.  I can’t say Beyond is my favorite of the three rebooted movies, Into Darkness probably is, but this movie was awesome on so many levels.  I think Abrams is the better director, but Lin still made a pretty kick-ass movie after Abrams left us for the dark side….  Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty, co-wrote this movie and he captured the essence of Star Trek beautifully.  Trek isn’t about the action, not that it can’t have good action, Trek is about the characters.  It is the bond and chemistry of this/these crews that brings us back. This movie goes into that aspect of Trek where the last two didn’t this rebooted Trek movie was for the fans and to celebrate 50 years of Star Trek.

The movie started off with a great opener that had the theater laughing out loud and quickly moved into a more somber tone as we see Kirk struggling with his reasons for being in Star Fleet and the daily grind of his job.  There were some cute segments here, but things didn’t start picking up until later.  We do get to visit a space station that took my breath away. Seriously this was the most beautiful imaginary I’ve seen for a location in this universe. I almost wish we could have explored it more.  Before we know it the crew is out on the ship again and racing off into danger. Since they show this in the trailers I think it is safe to say the Enterprise does not survive the movie. It has lasted through two whole movies, her days were numbered…, still it hurt me to see this ship I used to dream of living on as a child to be utterly destroyed in the way it was.

As I mentioned before Trek is about the characters and in this movie we got to see the bond that started the franchise come shining through with Spock, Bones, and Kirk. Spock and Bones actually got to spend a lot of time together which made my day as I love the bickering between these two.  We also get to see Kirk and Chekov (SO sad to see Anton Yelchin one last time…) team up to work together as well.  Scotty has a more significant role in the movie (I wonder how that happen….) and it was fun to see him get more screen time.  I think Pegg’s Scotty is a bit different from the original  but he does manage to capture the essence while making the roll his own.

There was a bit I didn’t care for in the movie, not much, but some.  The drama between Spock and Uhura didn’t add very much to the plot, in my opinion, except for some humor and a way to solve a plot problem.    The bad guy was also fairly flat for most of the movie.  In the last third, we get to see the motivation behind his actions and there is a nice twist concerning his past (I won’t say more because THAT would be a major spoiler).  He just didn’t make the movie for me, like Cumberbatch did in Into Darkness. Beyond is more about the bond of the crew than it is about defeating the bad guy.  Although that lead to some pretty kick-ass scenes that had me rocking in my seat and marveling at the imagery.  Beyond is a visually beautiful movie and they really did an excellent job of making it feel like the Trek universe.

Let me close by saying there was a touching tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy, and all the actors of the original series really.  They started this Trek journey if not for them and Gene Roddenberry we would not be celebrating 50 years of this beloved franchise that we Trekkies love so much.  To them I say thank you, thank you for the vision, thank you for the memories, thank you for showing us a society we could become.  You have enriched our lives and I am grateful.  Live long and prosper.