I have a profound appreciation and respect for mainstream culture and entertainment. Music, film, books, theatre – I love a good crowd-pleaser. There is a deep enjoyment to be had in reading the new Marian Keyes; or watching the latest Ryan Gosling film after listening to Kylie’s newest album. Cultural snobbery is inexplicable. These days the Beatles and Elvis are considered classic rock music; and Shakespeare and Dickens are acknowledged as literary giants. However all of these people dealt in mass-market (for their time) art. Their work was created to be enjoyed by as many people as possible. The only exceptions to my consumption of mass market entertainment are superhero movies and film franchises, which I find dull, dumb, reductive and greedy.
Last night I watched ‘Mamma Mia! Here we go again’ – the 2018 sequel to ‘Mamma Mia’ from 2008.
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