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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - Review

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Published July 23rd 2018
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Image from Mamma Mia the Movie Facebook page

Welcome back to the island of Kalokairi, where the sky is so blue it hurts your eyes and the sun sparkles over the sea in such a magical way that it makes you gasp for breath.

Mamma Mia, the original movie, was a breakaway success, combining the catchy tunes from Abba with a very silly but infectious storyline of Donna, Sophie and her three dads.

The question is - could they do it again with a sequel?

And the answer is....pretty much.

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Image from Mamma Mia the Movie Facebook page

They have managed to perfectly cast younger actors who mimic the original crew convincingly in terms of both looks and mannerisms, so the audience is drawn back into this world with a minimal level of confusion.

The story of how Donna could possibly have met and become entangled with three different men such that she could be confused about Sophie's parentage is a compelling one.

In many ways, the plot makes even less sense than the original, and some of the videography for the songs is Eraserhead creepy and nonsensical, but in terms of capturing the sparkle, humour and general vitality of the original, this movie manages to do so admirably.

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Image from Mamma Mia the Movie Facebook page

There are a few caveats. If, like me, you have kids who enjoyed the movie but are in the younger age category, be aware there are some darker themes in this movie that were not present in the original. I am referring to the fact that Donna has passed away before the movie starts (they never explain how), which lends itself to a beautiful but painful ghost song towards the end of the movie. Also, the plot does delve into the story behind how Donna conceived Sophie and ended up being intimate with three different men - and so betrayal and misunderstanding is necessarily front and centre in this story.

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Cher playing X's grandmother. Photo from the Mamma Mia the Movie Facebook page

Cher's cameo as Sophie's grandmother was a stroke of genius which I particularly enjoyed - the only small risk being that her stellar voice and presence did border on highlighting the amateurish-ness of the vocal antics of the rest of the cast.

If you enjoy Abba's music and are happy to go along with a plot which takes liberties with plot logic in order to better incorporate these songs into the story arc, then I would recommend this movie very highly.

It's frothy, light, fun, and is a welcome dessert for people who were left craving more from the main course of Mamma Mia.

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Why? Abba songs in movie format - what's not to love?
Where: At mainstream cinemas now
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