Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again, is a sequel to the movie that brought the music from the famous Eurovision band ‘ABBA’ to the big screen in spectacular fashion. The film is a romantic musical comedy starring an ensemble cast featuring the likes of 'Amanda Seyfried', award winning actress 'Meryl Streep', former James Bond 'Pierce Brosnan' and Love Actually’s 'Colin Firth' who are amongst many others all returning from the first film. The film additionally welcomes the acclaimed ‘Goddess Of Pop’, singer and actress Cher on the silver screen.
The sequel follows suit to its predecessor and takes place five years after the original. Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is now living on the island of Kalokairi and preparing her mums taverna and hotel for a grand opening. Sophie while pregnant herself discovers her mum Donna’s (Meryl Streep) story of how she met her three possible dads in a stunning flashback sequence that plays out alongside the plot of the film.
The film is bright and colourful, providing a striking summer European vibe throughout. The tone of the film truly places viewers in the passenger seat of a journey that is all too similar. Amazing visuals of the European spectacle that is Greece dazzles the eyes, with many of the locations looking picture perfect. Your reactions chase Donna’s in the flashback sequences, the awe of seeing the picturesque European cities is often followed by the hilarity of first impressions of the three dads. The casting and acting of the flashback counterparts is, dare I say it, spot on! The looks, mannerisms and certainly the emotion is so well replicated, that in some respects the younger counterparts outclassed their portrayed older-selves.
Mamma Mia 2 may seem at first glance as the standard not as great sequel in Hollywood’s overplayed ‘Well It Worked The First Time’ ideology, this film however certainly does not fall in this category. The music sequences are filled with stunning song and dance choreography that has you engaged from beginning to end, thus ensuring this sequel is definitely not a drag along to its predecessor. The film embodies an escape overseas with emotions of love, family and adventure along the way. The return of the cast from the first film is certainly a major bonus and has you captivated by each appearance throughout. The movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, having you laugh with the story. The like-ability to the story, scenery and music is unparalleled, the cast and music together fit so perfectly. Cher’s appearance was definitely underwhelming and without spoiling too much, was only added to throw some extra star power to the plot. This however, is quickly forgotten by the returning cast, the addition of Andy Garcia and the younger flashback counterparts.
If you are looking for a film to laugh with, have a drink with and especially escape with, Mamma Mia 2 provides a lightweight musical leaving you craving an ouzo and a ticket to the Aegean Sea.
The Final Rating:
+ Catchy ABBA favourites are given a new breath of life in stunning song and dance sequences.
+ Warm welcome to the return of cast from the original film.
+ Colourful and eye-catching cinematography, encapsulating the European setting of the film.
- Cher's appearance falls flat, and is an unnecessary addition to the plot.