'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Is The Movie Musical We Needed

'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Is The Movie Musical We Needed

It's the movie we wanted and the one we deserved.


If you're anything like me, you've been jamming out to the soundtrack to Mamma Mia! since the movie was released 10 years ago. And if you're a true fan through and through, you've been rocking out even longer than that with the theatrical production's soundtrack. AND, if you're an even bigger fan, you've been belting out ABBA at the top of your lungs for decades. Whatever classification of fan you are, we can all agree, the Mamma Mia! sequel is the best thing to happen in a while.

The anticipation has been real people. For 10 years, we've waited, and it has finally arrived. Now, granted most of us did not even think a sequel would happen until a couple years ago, but either way, here we go again (see what I did there).

For those of you who have been graced with the beauty and top-notch entertainment of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, please continue reading. For those of you who have not, beware of spoilers below. Side note, you really should watch this movie.

From the second the lights dim and that music starts up, you know it's going to be a good time. The original cast is, to no surprise, is amazing yet again, with new additions (um, Cher!) perfectly blending into the story. This movie, much like the first, packs on the heart and only builds upon the characters we all know and love more. If you don't think that's possible, just wait until you see the younger versions of the cast.

Let's start with Lily James, aka live-action Cinderella, aka a goddess. She exhumes this indescribable likeability and truly embodies the lively character that Meryl Streep brought to the screen all those years ago. She makes up for Meryl's presence being somewhat absent in this film.

She is accompanied perfectly by her counterparts of Donna and the Dynamos. For me, the highlight of "Mamma Mia" has always been Donna's friends. They're so funny and bring so much life to this story.

And now on to the men. Wow. Not only are all of the young versions of the guys in this film gorgeous, but they also have beautiful singing voices that will make you melt. They all bare a resemblance to their famous counterparts and make it so enjoyable to watch.

This film repeats some songs while introducing new ABBA tunes to a whole new audience. I personally had not heard quite a few of the songs before but instantly was a fan. And don't worry, you'll still get your chance to dance and jive to "Mamma Mia" and "Dancing Queen." In fact, I encourage you to get up and dance much like this man did in my theater when I saw it.

Now, I'm not going to lie to you, this film will potentially very likely make you cry. It's inevitable. One scene, in particular, will hit you right in the feels, and truly make you appreciate your mom. And that's all I say about that. But don't worry, there are ample opportunities that will have your screaming with laughter as you sing along!

With the sequel, like the first, you might not be getting the most perfect movie ever but that's not what Mamma Mia! is for. It's not looking for Best Picture. It's looking to make you happy, to put a smile on your face, and for you to be your own Dancing Queen with your Dynamos. "Mamma Mia" strives to bring joy to movie-goers. And this film more than delivers.

So grab your backup singers, get ready to belt it and go see Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again today! It'll be the time of your life.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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