So I recently went to see Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again at the cinema and I figured why not do a review for it? If you’re wondering whether or not to go see it, I hope my review can help you decide.
*slight spoiler alert*
As most of us are aware by now, Mamma Mia originally followed the story of Donna Sheridan (Meryl Streep), an independant hotelier, preparing for her daughter, Sophie’s (Amanda Seyfried), wedding to Sky (Dominic Cooper). Sophie has other plans and decides to try and find out whether her father was Sam (Pierce Brosnan), Bill (Stellan Skarsgård) or Harry (Colin Firth) by inviting them all to her wedding. The real magic for the film comes from an extensive array of ABBA classics being woven into the story.
Move along ten years later, and we have Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. This time taking viewers back to finding out the truth of Donna’s past and her love affairs with Sam, Bill and Harry. Donna (Lily James), with friends Tanya (Alexa Davies) and Rosie (Jessica Keenan Wynn), graduates from Oxford University and embarks on a European journey to find herself. Along the way she bumps into love interests: Sam (Jeremy Irvine), Harry (Hugh Skinner) and Bill (Josh Dylan). This time, it’s Sophie trying to make the hotel work a year after her mum’s passing. Again, ABBA songs are thrown in to liven up the film.
The thing is, I did not go into this film with high expectations. I loved the first film but it’s difficult to live up to. You can only use ABBA so many times before it starts to feel like overkill. However, I must say I enjoyed it. It wasn’t the best film I’ve ever seen but it was fun to watch. To be truthful, ABBA songs bring an extra layer of entertainment to the movie.
With a film of this nature, you’re either going to have good acting or good singing. You won’t get both at once. The main attraction to the film really is seeing the iconic Cher (The Grandma) appear during the film. She really wasn’t in it a great deal which I think is a shame. I think I would have loved to have seen more of her and how she was as a mother to Donna. You never get the story from her side.
This isn’t meant to be the best film ever made – that is obvious. But it’s so much fun to watch and you might even be tempted to sing along with the entire movie! There are definitely flaws with the plot along the way, and some of the characters are not how they were portrayed in the original. If you’ve already forgotten what happened in the original than this probably won’t make much of a difference to your viewing experience.
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again is worth 3/5 stars, and I recommend people to see it especially if you enjoyed Mamma Mia.
Have you seen it yet? Let me know what you thought of it!
Until Next Time,