Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
Out Now On-Demand
Lily James and Cher join returning stars Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried and Pierce Brosnan in the sequel to 2008's musical smash hit. Two stories are told in parallel: as Sophie (Seyfried) announces her pregnancy, she learns of her mother's past. Screenplay by Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), who also directs.
- Ol Parker('Now is Good', 'Image Me & You')
Musical, Romance, Blockbuster
Rating: PG Sexual references
Here We Go Again indeed, because in many ways this is a repeat of the first film’s fizzy cocktail of big name stars, belting out Abba hits in a fun rom-com set against postcard-perfect Aegean scenes.
Oliver Parker (writer of both Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movies) directs the sequel to Mamma Mia! - the smash 2008 movie of the hit stage musical. A decade later, Donna’s (Meryl Streep) daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is pregnant and worried that she’ll not be able to cope with motherhood. By way of advice, Tanya (Julie Walters), and Rosie (Christine Baranski), take Sophie on a trip down memory lane. We learn how Donna fronted her band, The Dynamos; founded her Greek island villa; met Sophie’s dads (Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, and Stellan Skarsgård), and single-handedly raised Sophie without the help of her own mother, Ruby, who shows up here in the form of Cher.
With a returning cast of reliable performers and a few fresh star turns (and brief cameos by Abba’s Benny and Björn), it’s the young newbies who shine brightest. As young Donna, Lily James is no Meryl Streep, but does just fine, alongside Jessica Keenan Wynn as the young Tanya, and Alexa Davies as young Rosie. The Abba hits keep rolling, the cast keep smiling and everything is just as it was in the first film, only somehow brighter and bolder. It would be easy to dismiss this unashamedly feel-good franchise as so much crowd-pleasing fluff, but beneath the cheesy topping beats a heartfelt love-letter to motherhood, family, friendship and ultimately, living life on your own terms.
Fanciful? Maybe. Corny? Absolutely. Escapist? Definitely. Take it all with a sup of ouzo, give in to the good-natured spirit and this sequel delivers everything you loved about the first movie. Then again, Knowing Me, Knowing You, if you loathed the original, this’ll have you sticking your head in your popcorn-bucket and wailing Why Did It Have to be Me? all over again, because as every Super Trouper and Dancing Queen knows, when it comes to Mamma Mia!, that’s The Name of the Game.
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Tops The Original Is Every Way Imaginable
As someone who isn't a fan of the original you can imagine I wasn't expecting much, but wow was I wrong. I haven't had that much fun in the theatre in such a long time I went and saw it again! Pure delight for everyone to enjoy.
Went to the first one with my mum and never saw it again, went to this one with friends, very reluctantly but I was entertained..... definitely enjoyed Cher = I'd actually pay to see it again. Totally corny - but no surprises there!
Will leaving you humming ABBA songs the rest of the day!
I was not expecting it to be as great as the first one - but this sequel or sort of prequel was just as amazing as the first one - and I generally don't like musicals! There was a mixture of emotions felt throughout the film - reaching for the tissues one minute and then laughing out loud the next. It really was enjoyable to watch and Cher (despite not being able to move her face much due to probably lots of plastic surgery) was surely a highlight for me and I was amazed at her rendition of Fernando. After the movie I was humming ABBA songs for the rest of the day!