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Movie Review: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Published on 26 July 2018|
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The dancing queens return in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!

by Stanley P, Carrybeans

We are currently in this age of cinema where sequels are being churned out faster than you can actually go and watch it. It is not unusual for production companies to make unnecessary movie sequels that we didn’t ask for and its ratings are often less than stellar. But once in a blue moon, the sequels are not what we want but it turns out to be the sequel that we need all along. This time, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again proves just that.

The story of a mother and a daughter

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (or Mamma Mia! 2) takes place a few years after the first film. Donna Sheridan (Meryl Streep) had passed away one year prior and to uphold her mother’s legacy, daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) prepares for the reopening of Donna’s hotel. However, opening a hotel is not an easy task for Sophie as she also comes across challenges that make her doubt herself. At the same time, the movie tells the story of a younger Donna (Lily James) as she travels the world and her encounter with Sophie’s three possible father.

Musical movies are often cheesy, and Mamma Mia! 2 is no different. Similar to the first movie, cringe-worthy dialogues and characters that suddenly break into song numbers are aplenty in the sequel. But if you’re used to watching musicals, this shouldn’t faze you, and in this movie, you will find yourself enjoying the cheesiness of the movie as the cast sing Dancing Queen.

Thank you for the music

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One thing that this movie got right is the music. Compared to the first movie, the song choice and the singing is stronger in this one. Every song that was chosen ties up perfectly to the plot–you might think that there are only so many ways that you can sing Mamma Mia, but you will be surprised.

Besides that, the songs sound much better this time around. Most of the cast who sang sound wonderful and the covers of ABBA hit classics sound, dare I say, better than the original. As much as I love Pierce Brosnan (as Sam Carmichael), I am thankful that he didn’t sing much this time around. He didn’t sound great in the last movie and it is the same in this one too. However, he only sang a few lines this time around and I’m certainly not complaining.

The two characters that made the movie a whole lot funnier

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In terms of the story, it was definitely funnier than the previous one. I find myself laughing more often this time around, especially during Tanya and Rosie’s scenes. The actors playing the characters, both the younger version (Jessica Keenan Wynn and Alexa Davies) and the older one (Christine Baranski and Julie Waters), really portrayed their character well and lightened up the movie.

However, the story near the end feels a bit rushed. Plot points were quickly introduced and resolved just as quickly. On top of that, the introduction of Cher’s character as Sophie’s grandmother, Ruby Sheridan, doesn’t really contribute much to the plot of the story. I feel like the only reason that she was introduced is to let her sing in some of the songs (not that I’m hating it though–Cher was superb!).

A must-watch for musical fans

The sequel was, in every way imaginable, was better than the first one. The story was better and funnier, the songs sound wonderful, and how both elements were weaved together perfectly made this one much more enjoyable. So, if you love the first movie, you will surely love this one just as much, if not more.

One thing about this movie that you should know is that it is not meant for everyone. For instance, my friends were not as satisfied as I was when we walked out of the cinema. Just like how rap song is not for everyone, ABBA songs made into a musical may not be in everyone’s taste. Besides that, if you haven’t seen the first movie, you might be confused with the plot. However, if you a) love musicals, b) love ABBA, and c) have seen the first movie and don’t mind watching a similar cheesy movie, you will, without a doubt, love this movie unabashedly.

To Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, thank you for giving me such a fun time. It’s an 8/10 from Carrybeans.

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One of the must-watch movie this year is Ant-Man and the Wasp and we had so much fun watching it! 

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