I was beyond excited when I heard that Mamma Mia 2 was coming out. I loved the first movie, and as a kid, I worked hard to memorize the entire soundtrack- in order. So, when the movie made it to theaters, I jumped at the chance to go. I entered the theater with my sister and her best friend and settled down with two bags of popcorn and the hope it would be as magical as the first.

My first impression of the movie was pretty positive. I really enjoyed the cute young Bill, Harry, and Sam; however, I was slightly disappointed by the sequance of the movie. With the singing scattered in and the back and forth between past and present, it didn’t feel as cohesive as I would have liked. Rather, it felt like a mash-up of two different timelines with a little song and dance sprinkled on top. Another thing that disappointed me was the sexual premise of the movie. I understood that this movie was based on Donna meeting her three potential baby daddies, but I felt that it was almost sleazy how she was coerced into having “relations” with them. The only one that felt the least bit romantic was Sam and even he turned out to crush her heart into a million seashell pieces.

The one thing I can say about this movie was that it really gave a perspective on how young Donna might have felt learning that she was going to be a single mother. I found that one part of the movie to be really touching because it not only showed that a woman can successfully raise a child on her own but also conveyed that life is kind of like the ocean - always flowing.

I enjoyed the movie as much as it let me down. It was upbeat, romantic, and had a surprise guest in the end. So, for all its plot twists, horrible sexual problems, and confusion, I enjoyed it in part because I really loved Mamma Mia. But don’t just take it from me, get out and see it for yourself. Because how can you resist it.


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