If 2018 has taught us anything, it’s that we could all use a bit more fun and laughter in our day to dairy. We could use a bit of sunshine, spontaneity and of course… Meryl Streep. Which is why I’m so confused about the recent string of hostility thrown at the latest instalment of the Mamma Mia Franchise: Mamma Mia 2: Here we go again. Like I’m not just talking about a side comment or two “oh Nah m8 that movie isn’t for me” I’m talking people are dedicated Reddit threads to the apparent “worst movie ever made. Ever”. But why? And most importantly to all the Mamma Mia haters out there, what does it say about you?
First and foremost, let’s strip things back to basics for those who may have avoided the hype (or anti bae hype) so far… Mamma Mia is a contemporary love story, set on the Greek islands, starring Meryl Streep, set to the music of ABBA. Need I say more? Mamma Mia 2 is also a contemporary love story, set in the Greek islands, set to the music of ABBA, starring Meryl Streep and flipping CHER.
Nothing bad happens in the movie (ok look without giving the story away audiences are hit with a bit of a bombshell at the start of Mamma Mia 2 but that’s beside the point) it’s set in a literal paradise, every song is literally engineered to make you happier (google it), and you get to see Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and the other guy shake it like a Polaroid picture, so why the hostility.
I literally rewatched the movie again just to see if I could objectively find any serious negative points. Just to see if I could find one teeny tiny moment that would make my blood boil and send me racing to a Reddit thread. But all I found was about 180 minutes of pure bloody sunshine. Not to mention realising just how sturdy my second-hand coffee table is when I got up to dance on it. Obviously.
So knowing me knowing you, what does hating Mamma Mia say about you? It says you hate sunshine, and fun, and everything that’s good in the world. It says you hate laughter and cheer and joy… It also says you hate Cher and Meryl Streep two things which I previously thought (before diving into this rabbit hole of death) were actually impossible. So do yourself a favour. Go and see the movie again, please? Or answer me one question Chiquitita tell me what’s wrong… (with you).