By Julia Igel
I am a self-proclaimed Mamma Mia enthusiast. I have seen the original 2008 movie-musical countless amounts of times, and I know all the words to every song on the soundtrack. I counted down the days until the second movie came out. I, then, proceeded to see the film 4 times. Yes, I paid the annoyingly high ticket price for this movie four times. The movie title speaks for itself though, “Here We Go Again.” They didn’t name it that so you could only go see it once.
Having said that, here are five reasons you should see the movie and why I continue to see Mamma Mia 2 again and again.
- Lily James
Lily James had some big shoes to fill. Meryl Streep created for us a memorable, iconic character in the first movie. No one thought it could be topped. Then comes in Lily James. Before this movie, Lily James was not very well known, but within the first 10 minutes of the film, she performs “When I Kissed the Teacher” and lets viewers know she truly is a young Donna. Everything about her portrayal of young Donna throughout the movie was spot on. Her voice and presence gave “Mamma Mia 2” a vibrant mood, and she rocked that classic Donna look. Can we all have those beachy waves?
- The WardrobeThe eighties hippy look. The denim. The flashy costumes. These looks combined today’s trends of simplicity, denim, and gold-yellow with pops of 80s flare. The whole cast managed to pull off every look with such ease while dancing and singing. If there are two things I want, it’s their entire wardrobes with their dancing abilities.
- Young Bill
His eyes. The hair. The voice. Need I say more?
- Dancing Queen
At this point in the movie, if none of the songs made you want to get up and dance, this song should. This sensational ABBA hit brings together mobs of dancing people as they sail up to the coast of Kalokairi. And in perfect Mamma Mia fashion, during this song, the original cast dances and jives their way back together again, making the perfect reunion scene.
- Last, but Not Least, Meryl
The storyline of the sequel almost makes you forget about older Donna, but just when you think the movie is about to come to a close, Meryl appears. In a heartfelt trio with Amanda Seyfried and Lily James, the rollercoaster of feelings created by this movie takes one last downhill, emotional dip.
Although there are many more elements in this movie that make it a hit, these are my top five. This move will make you laugh, cry, and feel everything in between. For those in Oxford who have not seen it yet, channel your inner dancing queen, head over to Goggin, and put on your skates to see Mamma Mia 2 on October 5th at 9pm! Admission is free with your student ID.