The musical adventure we all fell in love with is back but this time, Donna is taking the lead. In 1979, Donna, Tanya and Rosie graduate from Oxford University, giving Donna her opportunity to travel across Europe. Falling for three young men on the way. Get a glimpse into the past whilst Sophie takes the taverna into the future.
Having never watched either of the Mamma Mia films two weeks ago, I find myself having fallen in love and can’t help but appreciate the cheesiness and joy that the story brings to life.
Mamma Mia 2: Here we go again is a beautifully heartwarming film that you can’t help but smile and laugh at. From the word go, we are treated to a younger Donna (played by Lily James) graduating from the University of Oxford who instantly instils a sense of joy, wonder and whimsy into the narrative. You’re reminded of how the woman who travelled to Greece for a chance to live a more exciting life from the first film – it’s a very enjoyable transition into the past.
When ‘Donna and the Dynamos’ make their way off the stage and into the city centre, you can’t help but see the like-for-like between the characters/actors and their previously counter-parts. Jessie Keenan Wynn (young Tanya) is so spot on that I felt like Christine Baranski (Tanya) had managed to find a way to teleport back in time just to fulfil the role.
Watching how she came to know and flirt her way through two young men before falling for the last young man is also a really funny series of scenes. You know roughly what each guy was like because of the first film, but seeing them in their nerdy, cocky, arrogant, shy and/or lighthearted 20-year-old self it really expands the narrative.
Now albeit, I was sceptical as to how well a sequel to a musical that was based on an album would turn out, but I was pleasantly proven wrong. I spend the whole 114 minutes transfixed. I felt inspired, I wanted to be that young girl who travelled just because and found her one in a million chance for that ultimate dream job. I came out of the cinema wanting more and truth be told, I would have seen it again (I may still). The acting, the story and the love that bellows through the film is intoxicating.
Considering this sequel is 10 years on from the original film, I was gobsmacked with how everyone looks like they’ve only aged a couple of years. I even think Amanda Seyfriend (Sophie) somehow looks younger? There must be something good in that Greek isle because I’ve never seen a sequel cast look so good.
My only downfall for the film was how brushed over *SPOILERS* Donna’s death felt. It’s very lightly touched upon at several points but no one ever says what happens, you’re just told that she’s passed and Sophie wants to revamp the taverna. Although it was nice that the sole focus of the film wasn’t on her death, it also left this big question looming over the film, you were waiting to find out more and it never came.
Mamma Mia 2 is an excellent sequel to the story. It continues to bring a smile to even the saddest of people and it’s the best feel-good film that I have seen in a long time. If you’re not an Abba fan (like I wasn’t) give them both a go, they’re definitely worth the few hours it will take to watch them.