Movie Review: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Updated: Jul 19, 2018
Starring: Meryl Streep, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Jeremy Irvine, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Cher
Almost as though it is following "Incredibles 2's" footsteps, "Mamma Mia" traipses in with a sequel 10 years later- much to my surprise. When "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" was first advertised, I had to do a double-take, because wait a minute, wasn't the first movie out ages ago?
Is having huge gaps between movies going to be a trend now?
All jokes aside, though, despite my natural aversion towards the musical genre, I couldn't help but to find the general vibe that "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" gives off to be incredibly uplifting. Even its trailer alone brought a smile to my face, its warmhearted energy deliciously infectious. Could "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" be yet another musical that I'd add to my list Must Watch Movies? Let's ponder on this for a minute.
What is it about?
Five years after "Mamma Mia!", Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is now pregnant with Sky's (Dominic Cooper) child and running her mother, Donna's (Meryl Streep) villa, who has passed away about a year prior.
On the surface, everything looks super rosy. The hotel is gorgeous, Sophie is with the man of her dreams and she has excellent relationships with all three of her dads. However, her relationship with Sky has been turbulent for a while now, and this causes her to cast a bit of doubt on their relationship. It is not just that, though. There are numerous other problems that are niggling at the back of Sophie's mind, demanding her attention and causing her distress.
But as she learns more about her mother's past through her mother's best friends Tanya (Christine Baranski) and Rosie (Julie Walters), and her dad Sam (Pierce Brosnan), she slowly learns to come to grips to and handle her problems.
Is it worth a watch?
If I could describe "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" in just three words, it would have to be "colourful", "vibrant" and "energetic". This is because "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" is unashamed in its energy, having a fondness for bright colours, characteristically lively songs, wide smiles, humour and cheesy moments.
And don't worry, when I say cheesy, I mean it in an entirely good way.
"Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" starts off simply enough, with a glimpse into Sophie's troubled relationship with Sky. Serving as both a sequel and a prequel, the film shows us how it all began, from how Donna fronted the Dynamos, started the hotel from nothing, met each one of Sophie's dads, to how she raised a daughter, to how things are in the present, with Sophie pregnant and ready to settle down with Sky and have a child of her own.
It is a gratifying shift between present day and the past, with gratuitous scenes of over-the-top dancing and singing, coupled with laughter, all in the name of a good time. It is almost like watching a Hollywood version of a Bollywood movie, to be honest.
That being said, "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" has plenty of other charms besides its strong personality. The casting, for one. I mean, can I talk about the casting? Because I feel that this review would not be complete without talking about the casting. Why? Because the casting choices are amazing.
For the majority of the actors and actresses, their younger and older counterparts complement one another incredibly well, with some of them having such an uncanny resemblance I was almost convinced that the actors and actresses must've stepped into a time machine to achieve that look.
Moving on to plot, though, if you're looking for something more, "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" is not going to be it. Despite the boisterous ride that the film takes you on, there will be no climactic "oh my God" moment. No build up, no surprises, nothing massively huge plot-wise that you'd ordinarily see in movies. "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" is what it is; a retelling of how Sophie's mother met Harry, Bill and Sam, and how Sophie herself has a child of her own. Nothing particularly earth-shattering here.
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All in all, however, "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" is still an enjoyable movie to watch with friends and family. It is unabashedly fun with lots of light, heartwarming moments that are meant to lift your mood, and lots of ABBA songs that will reignite childhood memories in the majority of us.
"Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" is hitting cinemas this 19th July 2018
Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini