Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - Five Reasons You’ll Love It
Although it had been a smash hit in the West End for almost a decade by the time it came to cinemas in 2008, the huge success of Mamma Mia still took people by surprise.
The film, which transplanted the musical based around the biggest hits of ABBA to the big screen, starred Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth. It was released in June 2008 and went on to gross over $600 million at the box office.
Clamour for a sequel was considerable, but fans have had to wait for a decade for it to arrive, which it finally does, later this week.
The original movie told the story of Seyfried’s Sophie Sheridan, a young woman who is about to be married when she discovers that any one of three men could be her father. Determined to find out she invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother.
For the new movie, we pick up five years later. Sophie is pregnant, but struggling in a turbulent marriage and looking to the past and her mother Donna for inspiration. As the story progresses, we see more of the young Donna, her wild early years and how she came to meet the men who could have been Sophie’s father.
Lily James plays the younger version of Meryl Streep's character Donna, with the younger versions of her friends Rosie and Tanya played by Alexa Davies and Jessica Keenan Wynn.
Playing the younger version of Brosnan's character Sam is Jeremy Irvine with the younger version of Stellan Skarsgård's Bill played by Josh Dylan and the younger version of Colin Firth's Harry portrayed by Hugh Skinner.
Streep, Seyfried, Firth, Cooper, Brosnan, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters and Skarsgård are all back to reprise their roles, while Andy Garcia and Cher are also in supporting roles. The sequel has been written and directed by Ol Parker, writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel.
The sequel arrives in cinemas on Friday (July 20th) and will be available to pre-order from hmv’s online store on the same day, but before all that, we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons why you’ll love it…
Lily James shines…
Though the poster for this movie is a big ol’ ensemble, a large part of this movie belongs to the Downton Abbey star. Of the 18 numbers, James features on 11 and has three all to herself, but she carries them all off with great gusto and real charm.
The narrative is cleverly done…
The movie jumps back and forth between present day and Donna’s early life seamlessly and cleverly. A film built around endless flashbacks would be tiresome, but Ol Parker manages to give both storylines forward momentum.
There’s plenty of set pieces and glitter, but some heart too…
The last 20 minutes of the movie are split equally been tearjerkers and big glitzy set pieces, it shouldn’t work, but it somehow does.
The new additions are all great fun…
Skinner, Dylan and Irvine deliver fine performances as Sophie’s future trio of fathers, Andy Garcia gets to show off his comic side and Davies and Keenan Wynn are good fun as the young Rosie and Tanya.
But Cher tops them all…
Of course she does.