Duration: 1 hr 54 min
A decade after hit film Mamma Mia! grossed more than $600 million worldwide we revisit the ABBA-singing adventures of Sophie and Donna Greek island of Kalokairi.
The cast of the original film returns including Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård and Colin Firth. The Dynamos are back with Julie Walters and Christine Baranski , but only limited appearances by Meryl Streep – with the bulk of the Donna action set in her youth and played by Lily James.
"Christ. What a mess. A witless, cringey mess...
Many of the song choices lack oomph — the first movie having plumbed most of the big-hitters, some of which are repeated here — and features many lesser-known ABBA songs that your average person won’t recognise.
That much-vaunted Cher cameo is nothing more than cheap stunt casting. She may sound incredible but her lack of facial and overall body movement is bizarrely distracting... "
"This is a sequel which had to happen, even though it's taken 10 years to appear. The original Mamma Mia scored a worldwide box-office gross of $US600 million, making a follow-up inevitable, but the delay has probably helped, giving the industry time to recognise the existence of an older audience who have retained the urge to have fun at the cinema.
For all the artifice and the verve, the film can't hide the fact it's a jukebox musical. But so were the the productions of Broadway's golden age – glittering showcases for the work of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and the rest. Before Oklahoma and West Side Story, only Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein dared to inject a tougher note into the mix with Show Boat and Porgy and Bess."
".. There's a lovely free-spirited feeling about the film, its clever screenplay providing a platform for the stunning settings, marvellous cast and a backstory that adds to our overall experience. It's sweet but not too sweet, funny in a delightful way with poignant touches to tug the heartstrings.
Feel-good, upbeat and energising, there is no denying the magic in this crowd-pleasing film that sparkles as brightly as the Mediterranean in summer. You'll be tapping your toes and humming along to all those tunes that have somehow become part of our lives."
"This time around, the movie jumps between Sophie's present-day preparations to relaunch her mum's hotel and Donna's (Lily James) amorous exploits with the guys in question (Hugh Skinner, Jeremy Irvine and Josh Dylan) 25 years ago.
Here we go again, indeed. The line in 'Waterloo' about history repeating itself also springs to mind — and if you start framing your thoughts in ABBA lyrics minutes into this follow-up, then the film has done its job. Collecting fans' money, money, money, taking few chances, and asking viewers to cheer and sing along when their favourite songs pop up, the Mamma Mia! franchise does what lazy pop culture celebrations tend to do. "