The film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present – all set to Abba music, of course!
There’s a wellspring of genuine feeling in this time-hopping sequel, framed as an origin story.
Wall Street Journal
This sequel plays like a familiar song, but the good parts are still intact. If you’re in the mood for a dance, take the chance.
In 1979 young Donna, Tanya and Rosie graduate from Oxford University – leaving Donna free to embark on a series of adventures throughout Europe. On her journeys, she makes the acquaintances of Harry, Bill and Sam – the latter whom she falls in love with, but he’s also the man who breaks her heart. In the present day, Donna’s pregnant daughter, Sophie, dreams of renovating a taverna while reuniting with her mother’s old friends and boyfriends on the Greek island of Kalokairi.
If you loved the first Mamma Mia! movie back in 2008, well, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again offers even more — and even less. The sequel (which is also a prequel) features a bigger cast, a longer running time, extra subplots and additional romantic entanglements. But I found it emptier than its predecessor and has even lower stakes. It’s less entertaining, and for all its frantic energy, it manages to go absolutely nowhere. But the vibe is there and it is easy fun.
UK 2018, 114 min, rated PG (sexual references)
Directed by Ol Parker
Starring Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Cher, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Dominic Cooper & Jeremy Irvine