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Watching Mamma Mia for the First Time

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So I, unlike everyone else I’ve ever met, have not seen Mamma Mia in its entirety. I’ve always wanted to watch it but never found the time to sit down and focus on the plot of the film. I love ABBA and listen to their music for a better chunk of my day so it was not in doubt whether I would like that part of the film. I had a basic understanding of the plot but never had the opportunity to sit down and take it all in, so that was my mission going into this. My roommates were very excited to share this with me as if it was their best-kept secret.

The movie integrates ABBA’s greatest hits pretty well into the plot, even if it felt forced at times. As soon as you got into a rhythm of where it was going, it would take a sharp left turn. I’m realizing now this list is going to turn into a collection of my favorite ABBA songs, but I will talk about the scenes in Mamma Mia that are attached to them. I’ll mostly be jotting down my thoughts throughout watching the movie.

I will say that overall it is a very good movie, especially one linked to ABBA’s discography. Where the plot lacks luster it makes up for it by using ABBA’s extensive catalog. It takes a lot of turns that I was not expecting but followed in line with some classic movie-musical troupes to the point where I was able to predict what was going to happen. 

When it got to the scene with the song “SOS,” I just have to say that the vocals are not it. They are just not my cup of tea. I love this song, but just no. Sam’s voice does not fit the vibe for this type of song. Not that it’s bad, but it’s fitting for a slow-ballad song instead of the upbeat tempo of ABBA’s “SOS.”

Overall, it was a very entertaining movie to watch, and I can see the hype behind it simply because of the aesthetic and the amazing music that you get to listen to. I will definitely watch it again in the near future as a nice lighthearted movie to put on when hanging out with people.

(I can declare that I am now a dancing queen after having seen this movie finally)

Howdy! My name is Julia Brown and I’m a junior studying Elementary Education with minors in Music and Sociology. In my free time, I like to listen to music, drink lots of coffee, and spot dogs on the street. I enjoy writing advice articles, music and movie reviews, and overall ways to make the most of your time on campus!
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