Monday, July 23, 2018

Why You Need To See Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again

"You can dance,

You can jive,

Having the time of your life

Oo, see that girl

Watch that scene

Dig in the dancing queen..."



If the song Dancing Queen by ABBA starts to play, my daughter Natalie will immediately sing and dance. She absolutely LOVES the song. It was featured in the movie Mamma Mia, and she's been hooked ever since.

Natalie and I went to see Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again the day it was released. She has been a huge fan of Mamma Mia for years. When she was four, she latched onto the movie and has never stopped watching it. It was the music, I'm sure, but as she got older, she became enamored by the story.

For those who don't know, Mamma Mia is basically about a mother and daughter. The daughter wants to know who her father is. It could be one of three men. She sends invitations out to them for her wedding, her mom doesn't know until they show up, and hilarity ensues. Plus it's touching. I cried. Many times.

Naturally, when Natalie found out there would be a sequel, she screeched with delight. On the day we went to see it, Natalie wore overalls and a white shirt in the spirit of Donna:



The movie is incredible! There are many different reasons why you need to see it, and here's some of them.


1. The songs are (still) fabulous. The first Mamma Mia had incredible music, and so does this one. And yes, Dancing Queen is sung again, plus you hear past songs repeated. (Listen carefully: some of them are instrumental in the background. Natalie would whisper "It's slipping through my fingers!")


2. The story is sweet. It shows a young Donna, and yes, maybe sleeping with three dudes and not knowing the father of your baby is very Jerry Spring-ish, but the movie portrays it in a sweet way. Plus I love how all three men are in Sophie's life. And yes, like the first film, I cried in this one too. That was me sobbing into my popcorn.


3. You see familiar characters. Did you like Mamma Mia? Well, nearly everyone shows up in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. Plus, Cher is there, but only towards the end of the film.


4. It's a wonderful movie to take your children to. Yes, the story is about a mother and daughter, but sons who enjoy musicals will like it as well. My son does NOT like musicals, so I only went with my daughter.



5. The dancing will make you want to break out your moves! I've always said that I wish everyone around me would just break out into song and dance. I think the world would be a happier place. Who wants to go to a restaurant and start singing and dancing with me?




Bring out your inner Donna, and go see the movie!




(If I tried to do this, I'd break something. But Meryl Streep did it in Mamma Mia, because Meryl Streep is amazing and can do anything.)

40 comments:

  1. Awesome. I will have to check it out with the family.

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  2. Thanks for the recommendation! The first move was cute so it's good to know the second was is good as well!

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  3. I am soo excited for the movie too. I cant wait. Its good to know a bunch of people who can relate

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  4. Glad to come across your impressions of the movie. Know now what to expect. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again releases in India on August 3, can't wait to see it.

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  5. Gabbie wants to see it. I never watched the first one!

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  6. I've never seen any of these movies and was actually SHOCKED another one came out, ha! But clearly there is an audience for the movies!

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  7. Love how into everything Natalie gets even dressing the part. Sure it was a fun time and this would be great to go and see.

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  8. I have not seen the original but now I feel like I missed something. It is so great that you bonded with your daughter over this.

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  9. The reviews weren't great, but the box office stats told a different story, that is why I prefer reviews from real people like you! We love ABBA, and Cher!

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  10. My mom and sister just saw this and I was a little jealous I couldn't join them. I live 500 miles away and it was a bit inconvenient for me :) I will go see it soon though.

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  11. I'm so happy that you gave this a positive review! I am going to see this with my mom for her birthday, she's quite excited.

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  12. I haven't seen Mamma Mia the movie or the play. I like to go to the movies but don't have many people that want to go with me for certain films.

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  13. My daughter wants to see this movie so bad. She's only 6, so I doubt we will, but I will let her listen to some ABBA to make her feel better. lol

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  14. I am a sucker for musicals, and I love just every single person cast in this movie! This is a movie that I want to go see all by myself for a day of mom relaxation and enjoyment lol

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  15. The first one was such a lovely movie, I'm looking forward to seeing the next one and I mean who doesn't LOVE seeing a good musical!

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  16. You had me at Cher, and the songs! I am so excited to see this movie!

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  17. I’m excited to go and see this. I know it’s going to be so funny.

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  18. There is something special about a good musical. We really need more musicals in our current culture!

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  19. A co-worker was also recommending it to me. I need to watch the first one and then watch “Here We Go Again”. Looks super cute.

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  20. My daughter and I can’t wait to see it. We loved the play. The songs are so fun and you can’t help but dance and sing along.

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  21. I love Mama Mia the first movie. Now I’m excited to watch the Here We Go Again. Hopefully on my day off I will get to watch it. I’m excited!

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  22. Wow look at those aerial splits!? I want to see this movie too! It looks cute, although I probably have to watch it alone. I don't think the hubby would be interested.

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  23. You don't need to tell me twice!!! I will go watch with my Dad! He loves Mamma Mia hehe

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  24. I do want to see it! I need to find someone to go with me but as soon as I do I'm going to go to the theater!!

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  25. What a lovely post! Really will go these place as soon as possible. Great experience. Thanks for sharing :)

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  26. We saw the trailer and thought it's going to be a great "chill" movie to watch with the family. The songs are classic and they can make you sing along with the lines.

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  27. Now that trampoline jump shot is so perfect! I would love to see Mama Mia, it would be fun.

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  28. I have been waiting to go and see it and my son likes Musicals but he isn't interested in this one for some reason. Even though he watched the first one with me. So my husband said he would go but my son can't go to movies by himself so he and my husband will see something and I will watch this movie by myself.

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  29. I love this movie too. Meryl Streep was a strong woman who defied the odds of raising her only child. And how she let her child explore and be independent. It must be very challenging for her.

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  30. My daughter and I will have o check this movie out- it sounds cute!

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  31. Love that there's a movie I can watch with my girls. They love musicals (we all do)! The first movie was so fun, so I know this one will be too.

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  32. She is so adorable. What a beautiful little girl. I saw the original and loved it. Can’t wait to see the new one :)

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  33. I have seen the trailer and I can't wait to see it! it sounds fabulous! You made me want to see it even more!

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  34. i definitely want to see this moving! How can you say no to ABBA and Cher!?

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  35. I do want to see it! It sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing this.

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  36. I think it's amazing how much a great soundtrack can impact the success of a movie. This sounds wonderful.

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  37. I loved the first movie and I will also love the second one for sure. Reading this makes me want to watch it even more.

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  38. I really want to go see the new movie! I've heard amazing things about it and read and watched the first one!

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  39. You just made me excited. I want to see the first one first, and then take Scarlet to the second one. She still likes to dance in the aisles when a movie ends - ha!

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  40. Ohh yes! I would definitely want to watch this! Well, who would not want? Your little Natalie is good to do that split in the air!

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