Mamma mia, here we go again. Get ready to journey back to the Greek island of Kalokairi for another ABBA-inspired musical full of adventure, love and lots of toe-tapping.
The sequel to the beloved musical, Mamma Mia!, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again travels back and forth through time to show the journeys of a younger Donna (Lilly James) as she travels around Europe and how she meets the three possible fathers of her daughter, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried). Meanwhile, in the present day, a pregnant Sophie is tirelessly working on renovating the hotel her mother left behind.
Full disclosure, I was never the biggest fan of the Mamma Mia! musical. I love the music of ABBA but never fully got into the plot or how some of the songs translated into the plot.
However, I am pleased to share that the sequel is a huge improvement. The plot has a lot more fluidity despite its time jumps. The younger versions of Donna and Dynamos as well as Sophie’s three fathers are absolutely lovable.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again isn’t perfect – Pierce Bronson still cannot sing, the special effects are still horrendous and Colin Firth still cannot dance. The film is still ridiculously cheesy but honestly, that’s what fans loved about the first film and it may be part of its charm.
That being said, the first film was corny fun so it is expected that this movie would be as well. But in a summer full of superheroes, sequels, aliens, and action, it is nice to take a break and completely escape. It doesn’t hurt that this escape also involves some great music, dance numbers, and Cher. I do miss Meryl Streep’s Donna immensely but her short appearance is worth it.
The biggest surprise to me was the film’s heart. I found myself as well as a majority of the audience sniffling at the film’s touching finale. I am actually getting choked up as I am writing this. So here’s your warning – bring tissues – ESPECIALLY if you’re going with your mother.
Final Thoughts: My my, how can I resist you? Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is heartfelt, fun and the sort of cheesy feel good movie we need right now – plus CHER IS IN IT.