Director: Ol Parker
Run Time: 1 hour 54
Rating: 3.5 Stars
After 10 years, the band is back together.
Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, Colin Firth and Dominic Cooper return for another round of Abba’s greatest hits as well as singing some of their lesser-known songs.
The 2008 film Mamma Mia! was widely mocked when it was released, with Brosnan on the receiving end of most of the scorn for his singing ability which was described as appalling. It looks like the Bond star may have taken the criticism to heart, only sing-talking a few lines of Knowing Me Knowing You in this sequel.
Whereas Mamma Mia! lacked much of a storyline, here director Ol Parker follows two narratives throughout the film. In the present day, Sophie (Seyfried) is preparing to open her boutique hotel, the Bella Donna on the Greek island of Kalokairi.
The hotel manager Fernando (Andy Garcia) — cue “can you hear the drums” — is doing his best to get everything ready in time for the grand opening party and one of her dads, Sam (Brosnan), is doing his best to reassure Sophie. But her relationship with Sky (Cooper) is going through a rough patch and just about everything that can go wrong does in the lead-up to the big day.
In flashbacks, the story of how a young Donna (Lily James) ended up in Greece and meeting Sophie’s three dads is told.
Goddess of pop Cher has a small role as Sophie’s grandmother who has been largely absent in both her and Donna’s lives. We know she can sing and perhaps was cast to make up for the lack of musical ability the first time around, however, viewers get only a small taste of her vocal prowess.
The film lacks some of the big song and dance numbers of the original, but it does have its moments.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is not going to win any awards but neither did the first film and it went on to gross $144.1 million in the US and a total of $615.7 million worldwide.
It’s purely light entertainment wrapped up in toe-tapping music that plays homage to the Swedish super group’s timeless tunes.
And, like the first film, the all-in final number — Super Trouper kickstarted by Cher — featuring sparkling jumpsuit- clad Firth, Brosnan and Skarsgard alongside the old and new trio of Donna and the Dynamos, will have movie-goers saying I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do want more.