Best Movies of the 2010s
#19 – Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
From a tense and moving documentary about a mass shooting to a musical sequel from one of pop culture’s goofiest cinematic universes. Love it or hate it, you can’t say this list isn’t eclectic.
Certain qualities make movies stand out and stick with me. The biggest is the ability to choke me up and squeeze a tear out of my stubbornly dry eyes. Several films on this Top 20 managed that feat.
My daughter Sophia turns 17 today, an age that doesn’t have the meaning of 16 or 18 but feels relatively momentous in its own right.
In fact, when I searched for songs about (or at least mentioning) being 17, I found a treasure trove. Something about the age appeals to songwriters… probably the idea of being fully immersed in teenagerdom but just on the brink of adulthood.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was one of this summer’s unexpected hits, grossing more than $120 million at the domestic box office and another $270 million overseas.
My own reaction to the film was equally unexpected, and in fact as of this writing it still sits atop my 2018 list as my favorite movie of the year so far. I am counting down the days til the Oct. 8 streaming release like a kid in the walk-up to Christmas.