By Lindsay McGlamery
Just a little over a week ago, Mamma Mia Here We Go Again, was released into theaters. This film is the sequel to film Mamma Mia from 2008. Since its release, I have seen it twice and wanted to write a review/synopsis for this film.
Movie Review: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!
First, this film started off by introducing us to young Donna (Lily James), young Rosie (Alexa Davies), and young Tanya (Jessica Keenan Wynn). This scene is so amazing because it starts the movie off with an intro that fun and exciting. During this scene, When I Kissed the Teacher is perform. The choreography and singing in this scene are fantastic. It makes the audience want to get up and dance right from the start of the film.
Meanwhile, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is getting ready for the grand opening of the hotel. This is the hotel her mother, Donna, dreamed of opening one day. Rosie (Julie Walters) and Tanya (Christine Baranski) show up for the grand opening party. These scenes were so fun to watch. The fashion and set design in this film were amazing. It put together very well in this film. The editors of this film did a great job going between the different storylines within this film.
The film then goes on to send off young Donna on a journey to an island in Greece. Her first stop on this journey though is in Paris, France. This is where she meets young Harry Bright (Hugh Skinner). The only critique during this part of the film is some of the scenes look computer generated. Other than that all the scenes were amazing. The musical number, Waterloo, was catchy and funny at times. It definitely added momentum to the movie.
After Donna’s time in Paris, she supposed to catch a ferry and doesn’t. This is when she meets, Bill Austin (Josh Dylan). The song, Why Did It Have to Be Me, is performed during this scene. This scene is funny and exciting as well. The audience is getting to know Donna’s story as the movie progresses. Donna gets to the island and meets young Sam Carmichael (Jeremy Irvine). The chemistry between the Donna and Sam displayed wonderfully by the actors in this film. Sam breaks Donna’s heart. Rosie and Tanya then come to visit and that is when the song Mamma Mia is performed. This version is unique from the version of the first film. I love how it starts off soft and then gets upbeat and fun. Bill Austin reenters the film and Donna ends up spending some time with him again.
After the break up of young Donna and young Sam, the film returns to modern day time. It continues the storyline of the grand opening of the hotel. This storyline continues by bringing back some familiar characters. Sam, has been on the island the whole time. Helping Sophie with the design of the hotel and the opening party of the hotel. Harry and Bill soon return to the island while also bringing a lot of people with them to the grand opening party. This scene was definitely fun to watch. Mainly, because of how all the main characters were able to reconnect while also singing, Dancing Queen. Of course, the energy within this scene could be felt throughout the whole theater while watching this part of the film.
The movie then goes on to show the scenes of when both Sophie and young Donna find out that they are pregnant. The part where Sophie finds out is amazing because one can see how happy she. The way the editors constructed these shots to go together is great. This is one part of the film that I thought made the movie unique. Sophie goes on to complete her dream of singing with Donna and the Dynamos. This scene is different in that it shows flashes of young Donna giving birth while the performance is happening. This made the film go in a more emotional direction. If you cry in movies, then I definitely recommend you take some tissues with you for the last few parts of the film.
The film then fasts forward nine months later. This was an interesting thing to do and the best way to end the film. Here the audience is able to see all the characters come together to see Sophie and Dominic’s baby baptized. The song My Love, My Life is sung during this scene. It is emotional and happy all at the same time. The film ends with this scene and goes into an ending performance. The song performed is Super Trouper. All the characters including the young characters come together to perform it. It is a unique performance with how the song starts off and builds. I love how the young characters and older characters get a chance to perform with each other. The outfits and the lights in this ending scene are amazing. Also, the choreography and singing are amazing as well.
Music in this film is also performed by the band/group, ABBA. I learned to enjoy ABBA’s music because of the Mamma Mia films. The melody, notes, and singing is amazing and catchy. It makes one want to sing along and dance along as well.
Overall, this film was one of the best sequels to a film I have seen in a while. It was interesting to see how they were able to create an amazing storyline and music together. I have very little critiques for this film and good things about it. If you haven’t seen it you definitely should go see it. If you have seen the film, what was your favorite part of the film?