Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Movie Review – Mamma Mia! Here we go again


About the movie:

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a 2018 jukebox musical romantic comedy film directed and written by Ol Parker, from a story by Parker, Catherine Johnson, and Richard Curtis. It is a follow-up to the 2008 film Mamma Mia!, which in turn is based on the musical of the same name. The film debuts Legendary Entertainment's new fanfare, composed by Frank Ilfman in 2015. The film stars Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Andy García, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Cher, and Meryl Streep. Both a prequel and a sequel, the plot is set after the events of the first film, and also features flashbacks to 1979, telling the story of Donna Sheridan's arrival on the island of Kalokairi and her first meetings with her daughter Sophie's three possible fathers.
Due to the financial success of the first film, Universal Pictures had long been interested in a sequel. Here We Go Again was officially announced in May 2017, with Parker hired to write and direct. In June 2017, many of the original cast confirmed their involvement, and James was cast as a young Donna that July. Filming took place from August to December 2017 in Croatia, and at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was released in the United Kingdom and the United States on July 20, 2018, ten years to the week of the original film's release. It has grossed over $167 million worldwide and received generally favorable reviews from critics, who, while calling the film itself just a "so-so romantic-comedy", praised the cast and musical numbers

My opinion:
I LOVE Abba!!!! I loved the previous Mamma Mia movie and of course I also love the musical, so yay!!!!
It was clear to me that I have to go see this movie, especially because the old cast is still part of it. I was really excited after watching the trailer. However, I was really surprised with the storyline after seeing the trailer and then the actual movie. It was not in a bad way though, actually in a positive way. 
The movie plays five years after the first one and a lot has changed. Sophie has build up the hotel again, to make her mother proud. Her husband Sky is not always around, it’s hard for her, because he is the love of her life. Sam, one of her three dads is there for here and of course the other two dynamos Rosie and Tanya. Sophie is kind of in the same position Donna was in all these years ago. So we go back in time and find out how she met Harry; Bill and Sam. 
Lily James, does a fantastic jobs playing young Donna. She is full of life and really got into character. Her voice is great and together with the other two young dynamos she put on a really great show. Also her acting was on point. I struggled a bit with the young Harry and Bill, the one playing Sam was good. I felt though that they didn’t seem very authentic and their singing was not that great. Of course the singing thing also also a bit true for Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård. I really adored Pierce Brosnan in this movie! Fab acting. 
Amanda Seyfried really sticks out. She has the voice of an angel and her acting is on point. I loved that she got to perform with the dynamos. I also really liked the way her story developed in the movie. 
This movie is definitely a feel good movie, full of love, fun, friendship, music, passion, but also grief and loneliness. The music is of course fabulous and just makes you happy. They also included some not that well known songs, which was fabulous. 
The setting on this Greek island is absolutely gorgeous (I know it’s actually Croatia). They captured it beautifully. The dancing queen scene is absolutely magnificent!!!

There are several cameo appearances as well, like the two guys from Abba. I loved, how they included the greek locals as well. Oh and then there is Cher, I don't need to say more. 

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