Overall review: Not terrible. 2/5
Its the end of the theater run here, and with much pestering from one of my friends, I had to go see the musical movie, Mama Mia 2: Here We Go Again. I only saw the first movie one time, with my musical loving sister, even then I didn’t care much for it. I am not Abba’s biggest fan either. So right off the bat, I know this movie wasn’t for me. I am not its target’s audience. However, I did owe my friend for going to the Conan exhibit with me last week.
So for the majority of the movie, I sat there, in my seat, wondering what the heck the movie was about. Like what the plot actually was. Apparently Donna the mother passed before the movie takes place and its told from the point of view of the daughter, and also through flashbacks of the mom. So I guess it was trying to show how the mother got to the island and what led to her meeting the three “fathers”. It wasn’t exactly clear.
According to Wikipedia the plot is: In 1979 young Donna, Tanya and Rosie graduate from Oxford University — leaving Donna free to embark on a series of adventures throughout Europe. On her journeys, she makes the acquaintances of Harry, Bill and Sam — the latter whom she falls in love with, but he’s also the man who breaks her heart. In the present day, Donna’s pregnant daughter, Sophie, dreams of renovating a taverna while reuniting with her mother’s old friends and boyfriends on the Greek island of Kalokairi. So yeah, how was I suppose to figure it out?
Watching the movie, there wasn’t much speaking for me to even figure out the plot. Two characters will have about five to ten lines of dialogue and then break out into a song. The flashbacks seemed randomly placed, until I realized it was just the daughter walking through her mother foots steps, connecting with her. The transitions weren’t seamless, so it seemed hard to know when the flashbacks were happening until you see the young Donna on the screen.
HA-HA! I am not the best at describing this…and I call myself a writer.
There were a few things I liked and a few things I found weird. I did like how the musical numbers seemed a bit more realistic. Normally in musical numbers, there a bit of a fantasy element where the dancers and singers do amazing stuff. Most of the numbers in the movie made it seem like I could do the numbers myself, even with my limited dance background. Like really limited. That a post for a later date.
Things that were kind of weird were some of the musical numbers. Not the numbers themselves, but the timing. For starters, the dance number for ‘Dancing Queen’ happens when hordes of people on boats come to the island for the grand opening party. There was no reason for those people to be singing the number to begin with, and no reason for that number to be in the movie or that scene. It felt so out of place and shoe-horned in. Then again, maybe there was a significance to it there and I just didn’t understand why.
Next we have the song ‘Waterloo’. This song is about a battle and was featured in the trailer. So my friend was wondering where it was going to be placed in the movie. Turns out, it took place in a Napoleon-themed restaurant in France as the French guy (I am bad with names for this movie as I wasn’t too invested and shouldn’t be giving a review) was trying to convince young Donna to take his V-card. Weird song for such a weird premise.
The weirdest part for me however, was Cher and her song ‘Fernando.’ First of all, she out performed everyone in my opinion. Her voice was just that powerful. Second of all, I was like “why is a Cher song in a Abba movie?” My friend soon educated me (and some research as well) that Fernando is actually a Abba song. Who knew? Well…besides actual Abba fans. Each and every time I have heard that song, it was always covered by Cher. So prior experience skewed my knowledge.
Regardless of my badly worded review (I promise I will work on it), the movie was a bit enjoyable. Nothing I would have paid for, and probably not watch this ever again. But, once is good enough. I don’t recommend it to anyone. I wouldn’t even recommend it to Abba fans. I mean most of the songs were the B-sides, and the only A materials were carried over from the first movie. If I didn’t watch it in theater, I would have been live tweeting my reactions.