Mamma Mia Here We Go Again – a review

This evening, well, afternoon, I went to see Mamma Mia Here We Go Again. I saw the original film at the cinema 5 times. I was never a massive Abba fan, and thought their music was a bit “cheesy” but I wasn’t in a great place mentally at the time and the trailer looked like it could be lighthearted and fun.

One visit soon became two, which became three and so on. It was addictive and feel good. It became my “get out of the house happy place”. I love the soundtrack, and I don’t care if you want to criticise some people’s singing on it, that’s all part of the magic. I was therefore so excited to hear about a sequel. I knew I had to go today – the day it came out. I was so excited, but also anxious. How could they do the original justice? I mean, it’s not high brow – but so many people loved it.

As the release date of Mamma Mia Here We Go Again approached I was getting more excited – and so, here are my thoughts!

*contains spoilers*

Mamma Mia HWGA is PERFECTION! ALL the members of the original cast are back – although some are in much smaller roles than you might have expected or even hoped for. There’s been a lot of talk in the media about Meryl Streep’s character Donna and whether she had been killed off – well, unfortunately the story picks up after she has died. Sophie is trying to relaunch the hotel her mum set up in her memory and is struggling along the way. Sky is abroad, only one her her dads can come and then a storm hits the island. It seems like everything is ruined and she is overwhelmed.

The film flicks between being a prequel and showing how Donna met the three “dads” and then carries on with the story with the hotel re-opening and Sophie finding out she was expecting a baby – so it is a sequel too. I wasn’t sure how this would work, but it really does. It feels seemless and easy as the stories intertwine.

Sophie is struggling to stay strong without her mum around, and not long after the original came out, I lost my dad. I really felt Sophie’s pain and how much she wanted her mum with her for the milestones – reopening the hotel and finding out she was pregnant. Meryl Streep does appear in a couple of songs at the end – I guess you might call it a ghost – but I saw it more as a guardian angel. So far I’ve only really told you what you’ve probably already read in the press (if you are interested in the film) and I don’t want to give too much more away – but safe to say, if you want a happy, feel good film (with maybe a few tears along the way) and you liked the first film, you will love this! I know it’s been ten years, but it was truly cathartic and healing seeing that film.

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