Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Film, Comedy
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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Cheesier than a barrel of feta, ‘Mamma Mia!’ returns but misses the magic of Meryl.

If you’ve seen the first Mamma Mia!, that most wholesome tale of uncertain paternity, you’ll probably have a solid idea of how the sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, will play. There are postcard-ready landscapes, airy romances, and a whole lot of ABBA songs sung with gusto, if not finesse, by movie stars. It all makes for an intermittently pleasant summer diversion, but a preposterous screenplay filled with wild coincidences and lines like ‘I’m gonna make some memories’ ensures its status as frustrating kitsch. Like its predecessor, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is proudly schmaltzy, wearing its musical theatre influences on its sleeve, but watching all those forced music cues isn’t always fun.

The most novel part of the film is its use of flashbacks: The story is threaded with scenes of Meryl Streep’s character Donna, the fun-loving bohemian matriarch, as a young woman. Lily James’s performance as the young Donna is warm, and while the cutting between the present and the past is often cheesy, it keeps the movie bustling along. These flashbacks build up the paternity story that was at the centre of the first movie and it’s noteworthy that while the conceit is built around Donna having affairs with three different men and becoming pregnant and uncertain as to the identity of the father, there’s no slut-shaming here. The film is like a sanitised fairytale: everyone is positive, and the three potential fathers all get along. Even the classic evil maternal figure (as embodied by none other than Cher) ends up not being so bad, and finding love. Everything that happens in is designed to further an aggressively positive narrative. The sparkling blue waters are pretty, and the songs are catchy, but you may well wind up feeling smothered by the non-stop corniness of it all.

By: Abbey Bender

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Release details

Rated:
PG
Release date:
Friday July 20 2018
Duration:
114 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Ol Parker
Screenwriter:
Ol Parker, Richard Curtis, Catherine Johnson
Cast:
Amanda Seyfried
Dominic Cooper
Meryl Streep
Christine Baranski
Pierce Brosnan
Lily James

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I’m not a big fan of the first film, so it’s not surprising to say I didn’t enjoy this one either.

Very very very cheesy and I found it quite boring. However, if you liked the original, you’ll probably enjoy this one too.

tastemaker

We had the good fortune to watch this in an open air cinema in Santorini. The atmosphere was certainly feverish as we we had to queue for an hour. None of the songs seemed contrived and the filmography was absolutely stunning as was the photogenic cast. Who knew Lily James could sing so well? The choreography was a thing of beauty.

There were some dark moments during the movie but this was balanced out by some slapstick scenes principally amongst the male leads (Adam Garcia finally makes up for Godfather III). London's very own Omid Djalili made a great cameo as do certain members of ABBA. Cher's entrance does not disappoint.   


This is a film that does exactly what it says on the tin! You know it’s going to be cheesy but it’s also joyous, toe tapping & entertaining. Lovely to see the original cast reunited & the prequel as flashbacks was enough of a plot line to thread the musical numbers together. Not as good

as the first film but still worth a watch for any ABBA fan. Made me smile 😊

Tastemaker

Here we go again, Mamma Mia is back! and this time with a great backstory about Donna in her younger days (played excellently by Lily James) when she was a free spirit and dreamed on going on an adventure to see the world and I loved it! It’s cheesy to the extreme with wall to wall singing, dancing, vibrant costumes and Cher even stars, who I thought was great by the way. This is really feel good and sure to get you singing and want to get up on your feet dancing along. If only we could all burst out in song! It will definitely make you want to get out the ABBA music collection out afterwards..

tastemaker

Great movie to see with a bunch of mates, have a good sing along and enjoy the classics.

tastemaker

Round two is even cheesier than the first but I loved every second of it. They've included a few of the major hits - is it even Mammia Mia without Dancing Queen - but have slowed them down to fit the sombre storyline. Lily James is incredible as the young Donna and will inspire anyone to jump on a plane for a summer in the sun. Sher, unsurprisingly, smashes her cameo and the flashbacks tie the story together well. Bring the tissues and prepare to leave the cinema on an emotional high! 

tastemaker

It takes us back once again, to those years of Greek island backpacking, Abba, general nostalgia and feel-good. Lily James has the magic and, surprisingly, the voice which is every bit as good as Meryl Streep's. Yes, everyone has aged (apart from Cher !) but the flashbacks to young Donna and her life are clever and well cast. Can they stretch it to a number three? Not sure.


It’s brilliant! I can say it’s as good as the first movie and even more inclusive. Cher is slaying the great grandmother role.