Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, 4.6/10, will have you feeling a sense of de-ja-vu to the first movie (yes, there is no kind of film I will not watch). Ten years on from the original movie and it’s time for Sophie (played Amanda Seyfried) to find out how her mother fell pregnant and discover the story between her three possible fathers.
Since the first movie, Sophie’s mother – Donna (played originally by Meryl Streep) – has sadly passed away. Sophie is desperate to fulfil her mother’s wishes by renovating the hotel she knew had endless potential and struggled to upkeep in the first film. In doing so, Sophie becomes closer to her mother, finding out more and more about her mother’s adventures in her carefree, younger days. At this point, this is where the film splits and continues to flick back and forth between past and present. The adventurous young Donna (played by Lilly James) provides an insight into how her path crosses with three strapping, young gentlemen and how she falls in love with Greece.The casting for this film truly is remarkable with all the younger versions of the original cast looking like they really could be related. Lilly James captivates a beautiful sense of adventure. I really do believe that this film as an origin story stand-alone would have made for a more enjoyable view experience. Each one of the three love encounters perfectly utilises the ABBA soundtracks. The present day cheesily opted for the more well-known and loved songs to comically assist cheap humour and a predictable storyline. Undoubtedly, that’s what they intended as it’s pretty hard to make a feel-good movie like Mamma Mia without using those key ingredients. This film is exactly what you think it would be like and if you’re like my partner, what you hoped it would be like. It will make you laugh and cry.
Entertainment (of its genre): 4/10