Ten years later, can you believe that, ten years?? Well anyway, ten years later and the screen graces us with a second Mamma Mia. This whole film is reminiscing of the first ‘Mamma Mia’ with our favourite three dads, our hilarious best friends and the classic ABBA songs. I can’t imagine anything going wrong, and happily I wasn’t disappointed. It was a brilliant, emotional, heart-felt, fun, colourful film.
If you haven’t seen the trailers (which would really surprise me as they are EVERYWHERE), then here’s a quick plot. It is quite a simple one, and not one we wouldn’t expect as it tells the story of Donna’s past. Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) falls pregnant, along the way of grand parties, storms and unexpected rejections; we are transported to the past to see what Donna got up to in travelling and falling pregnant herself with Sophie. I do have to admit, the film does start quite slow and emotional, it’s not like the first which starts high and fluctuates in the middle, this one actually more echoes a beautiful slow emotional build-up, but with fun songs along the way of course!
The past inevitably brings in new actors and actresses and I have to admit they are all brilliant! Lily James as young Donna has to be one of the highlights of the film, she is phenomenal in her portrayal and she stays true to the Donna we know and love from the first film. Then there’s her two closest friends, Tanya and Rosie, played by Alexa Davies and Jessica Keenan Wynn retrospectively. Unlike Lily James, I haven’t heard of these two actresses before, but again they echoed are beloved aunties of Sophie down to a T. With Tanya’s strong front always seeking for a husband and Rosie’s loving honesty, they are both great characters. The past is the story of Donna falling pregnant which means we obviously need to meet the young potential fathers. Firstly, young Harry (High Skinner) a slightly awkward young adult, but during a song he becomes hilarious and lovable. Secondly, young Bill (Josh Dylan), such a pretty man, who we learn is actually quite a player as some might say. And finally, young Sam (Jeremy Irvine), the one to break poor Donna’s heart and flee back to his fiancé on the mainland. Just a quick side note: there were a few things told in the past that didn’t quite add up from the first film, in particular looks, but the actors and actresses are so perfectly matched up it doesn’t really matter anyway!
Just alike to the first film, ‘Mamma Mia 2’ is scattered with oh so many ABBA songs, it is definitely a musical at heart. Song-full, we enjoy many other ABBA songs that weren’t present in the first film – considering that using all the same songs would become quite boring, although there are some classics brought back from the first, but they just add a nostalgia quality the film. Once again, all the songs make so much sense to what we are watching, they all fit in perfectly into the narrative. Songs such as: ‘When I Kissed the Teacher’ at graduation, ‘Angel Eyes’ with the classic comedy between Tanya (Christine Baranski) and Rosie (Julie Walters), ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ over a break-up, ‘Waterloo’ with young Harry, ‘The Name of the Game’ in one of young Donna’s songs, and so many more. There were a few I didn’t know, but they were all so enjoyable and worked so well, it didn’t matter much.
If you’re a fan of the first ‘Mamma Mia’ I would definitely recommend this one, if you haven’t seen it already as I know I’m a bit slow to this one. It’s fun and vibrant, but also heart-felt, I did have a little cry. The transition from past to present works so well, from moving into a room as Sophie to moving into a room as young Donna, or something similar, it works so fluently in the film and doesn’t feel clunky at all! As you may have seen from the trailers too, Cher does make an appearance, personally I wasn’t the biggest fan of her in the film as she felt like she stole a bit of the spotlight, but nevertheless she can sing and ‘Fernando’ is a great song. Like the first, ‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again’ is an enjoyable feel-good film, so why wouldn’t this be one to love?