Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again ★★★½

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
IMDb Rating | 6.8
Humpo Show Rating | 7.5
Starring: Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Julie Walters, Alexa Davies, Christine Baranski, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Pierce Brosnan, Jeremy Irvine, Colin Firth, Hugh Skinner, Stellan Skarsgard, Josh Dylan, Meryl Streep, Dominic Cooper, Cher, Andy Garcia 
Director: Ol Parker
Plot Summary: Five years after the events of Mamma Mia! (2008), Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna as she learns more about her mother’s past. (IMDb)

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - Lily James

Here We Go Again is both a prequel and a sequel, with the plot set after the events of the first film, and also featuring flashbacks to 1979, where the story of Donna Sheridan’s arrival on the island of Kalokairi and her first meetings with her daughter Sophie’s three possible fathers is told.

Having enjoyed the 2008 summer hit immensely, I was initially very skeptical about a sequel. One, because sequels invariably fail to improve upon an original film, exceptions include Blade Runner 2049. Two, all the good ABBA songs were used in the first film – what would be left? And three, would the story be interesting enough?

But, I have to say Here We Go Again is a pleasant surprise. Set in two time periods. with two casts and two storylines, Ol Parker manages to craft a film that sits alongside the original perfectly well, and in some areas, is an improvement.

The two separate casts – 1979 and the present – match up really well. Lily James delivers an exceptional performance as Young Donna – not only is her singing phenomenal, but she embodied what I expected from a Young Donna. “Andante, Andante” was a really lovely singing and acting performance from James, as well as sitting high in my favourite moments from either film. Incidentally, my favourite moment from this film goes to amazing rendition of “Mamma Mia!” where all the modern day cast are involved – seeing Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard reenact the famous Titanic scene was hilarious! And Pierce Brosnan’s involvement in this mass musical number had me in stitches!

The whole 1979 cast seemed well suited to their roles. However, having also watched the original film recently, I noticed there were some inaccuracies in terms of how they should have looked according to photographs that Donna possessed. We didn’t see a young looking Pierce Brosnan with a moustache, and neither did we see a young Colin Firth with wild hair and a choker? I’ve chalked these inaccuracies down as funny and non-important to the story. The 1979 cast are adorable and perfectly cast – the Young Harry and Young Rosie were especially well cast in my opinion.

Both storylines were interesting, the characters had plenty of banter and laughs, the musical numbers were great – it makes for a solid comedy musical film. My only drawback was the inclusion of Cher as Donna’s mother and the farfetched romance with Andy Garcia’s character – it seemed out of place and from way left-field.

Here We Go Again is a funny and charming film – could we see a third? Who knows, but this time, my expectations would be even higher given the success of the sequel.

The Humpo Show | Richard

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