Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again: Movie Review

Ten years after the surprise hit, “Mamma Mia!”, its sequel “Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again” has finally landed. While the film was an entertaining and fun romp at its core, there’s also this sinking feeling that the follow-up took too long to come out and a little too late to the party.

Five years after the event of the first film, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is re-opening of her mother's hotel. Sadly, Donna (Meryl Streep) has passed away. As we go through the present as Sophie and the people who loved Donna throughout her life, we also get to experience her own adventures back in 1979.
Keeping it straight to the point, the sequel is an ode to the fans of the first film. It focuses heavily on what made its predecessor work - the songs and the performances. The new songs and even the old ones pop. The scenarios our characters find themselves in fit songs perfectly. The actors’ performances, like before, were a mixed bag. Lily James was a revelation and Amanda Seyfried still as great as before. While taking the back seat, the narrative was not that bad. Its simplistic nature had its positives and negatives. On the positive end, things flow smoothly making the two-hour film even more entertaining. The story was also silly and eccentric but in a good way. On the negative end, scenes felt a little disjointed and the overall arc heavily relying the audience know the first film. The film was mostly a happy one throughout its runtime but had a very surprising dramatic run near its end.
Rating: 3 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
The new songs and performances are gold
Simple, fun, effective and supremely entertaining

Why you shouldn't watch it:
Might be too weird for some
Seems to rely heavily on you watching the original

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