Mamma Mia! ★★★

C+

"Typical isn't it? You wait 20 years for a dad and then three come along at once."

There really isn't a point to the joyous entirety of Mamma Mia! when one can merely experience the fleecy fun and thoroughly infectious energy from the ABBA songs themselves. Without these toe-tapping tunes, it's a meaningless, shallow spectacle filled to the brim with clean sunshine, rough shambles, and A-list actors doing drunken karaoke. Hinged on trivial appearances and not much else in between the much-needed storytelling and focused character interactions (something which the sequel improves upon). Sometimes I just want to slap this straight in the face and yell at it to shut the hell up before I dance my way to a noose. Otherwise, you may not feel like you can dance a majority of the time.

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