MAMMA MIA 2: HERE WE GO AGAIN!
Amanda Seyfried- Sophie Sheridan
Lily James- Donna Sheridan(young)
Andy Garcia- Fernando
Cher- Ruby Sheridan
Amanda Seyfried and the gang head back to Greece for more ABBA dance numbers in the new musical Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
The sequel to the hit musical Mamma Mia, “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again”, reassembles the previous cast from the 2008 film to “pass the torch” in this new film. Amanda Seyfried returns as Sophie with husband Sky (Dominic Cooper), her three fathers Sam, Bill and Harry (Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, Colin Firth) as she is attempting to finish what her mother started by opening the hotel “Belladonna”.
Sophie is on the island while her husband Sky is in New York studying the hotel management industry, so they can make a success out of Hotel Belladonna. As Sophia and her dad Sam ready the hotel for the Grand opening with the assistance of new manager Fernando (Garcia), Sky tells her that the company he is with has offered him a permanent position in New York! Sophie tells him she must stay and do this for her mom as a tribute. Yes Donna (Streep) has passed.
As Sophie dresses up the place and sends out invitations to everyone, except her grandmother who never shows up for anything, to celebrate her mother and launch her dream. The first guests to arrive are Donna’s back up singers Tanya and Rosie (Christine Baranski Julie Walters) and they all begin to remanence about Donna. This is also where the flash backs start with a young Donna (Taylor) and her friends Tanya and Rosie turn graduation into a rock concert. Donna breaks it to the girls she is going on the road to find them a place to sing.
Donna stops in Paris and meets a young man named Sam (Jeremy Irvine) and they have drinks to the song “Waterloo” ending the evening together. Donna leaves Sam and makes her way to Greece and just misses the ferry to a beautiful island. Donna meets Bill (Josh Dylan) who gives her a ride on his boat and promises her that he will return in 2 weeks following a boat race he is competing in. Donna immediately finds the deserted farmhouse that comes with a free horse. Donna decides to stay there and meets Harry (Hugh Skinner), a young architect on the island on holiday that is set to return in a few days. Sophie falls for Harry who happens to be leaving the island to get married!
Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, Tanya and Rosie show up and they all begin singing in the local bar. Donna closes their first number falling into Bills arms. This now establishes the three-dad theory and how they all could have been sophies dad.
Sophie battles the weather too as a storm takes down a lot of the decorations the day before the party and closes the airport in town. Harry and Bill along with all the guests and reporters are not going to make the grand opening.
“Mama Mia: Here We Go Again! “could have been called Mamma Mia: the B-sides since all the new songs from Abba are very obscure tunes except for “Fernando”. The movie concentrates on the flashback with young Donna and being impregnated by Harry, Sam and Bill, and only features a cameo in the end by Meryl Streep as Donna. My opinion is they should have concentrated on Sophies Grandmother Ruby (Cher), who crashes the party saying parties that you aren’t invited to “are the best ones!” Ruby is Fernando’s long-lost love from Mexico and also is the best musical number with Cher and Garcia teaming upon “Fernando”. The character that shines is the custom agent (Omid Djahlili) at the dock that gives his personal take on each person along with a stamp in their passport. Streep nails the best new song in her ghostly cameo with “The Day Before You Came”.
Keep an eye out in the film for the founding guys from ABBA, Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus who appear uncredited in the film.
I am Karl, the Flick Fanatic letting you know that Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again is just like a B-side to a record, you love the hit and never listen to the other song!
Rated PG-13 (Sexual Situations)
My Rating: 2/6 Gyros