The long-awaited Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again is finally in cinemas and ExpatWoman had a sneak peak before its release
22 July 2018| Last updated on 24 July 2018
A girl’s night out where we can sing along to some of ABBA’s most famous songs? I can’t think of anything better to do!
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again is a bit of a prequel and sequel mix where we look back on the life of Donna and how she met Sophie’s three fathers (Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard and Colin Firth). At the same time, it is five years after the original Mamma Mia and we follow the story of the newly renovated inn’s re-opening celebration that is approaching and Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) finding out that she is pregnant.
The much-loved Donna (Meryl Streep) isn’t included in this movie, as we discover in the first two minutes that she passed away. The prequel then begins as Sophie asks what happened when her three fathers met her mother. We then follow young Donna (Lily James) travelling through the South of France and Greece and her summer romances with young Sam (Jeremy Irvine), Bill (Josh Dylan) and Harry (Hugh Skinner).
As we mentioned before, Sophie has in the meantime realised her dream of renovating the inn and is ready for the re-opening. Sophie renamed the inn the Hotel Bella Donna in honour of her mother and is expecting numerous rich guests to attend the re-opening ceremony. Donna’s two best friends, Tanya (Christine Baranski) and Rosie (Julie Walters), are also there to celebrate the re-opening with Sophie and her three fathers. There are however problems with the re-opening after a big storm. Sophie’s grandmother (Cher) also makes an appearance as she decides that she is going to embrace being Sophie’s grandmother.
In short, the movie is about finding love, rediscovering lost love, overcoming challenges, dealing with grief and how valuable friends and family are.
The movie still has the witty remarks that we saw in the first Mamma Mia and overall it was a fun watch. We were singing and dancing along in our seats throughout the movie despite producers not including all the famous ABBA songs that we saw in the first movie. But, before you get too disappointed, favourites such as Waterloo, Mamma Mia and Dancing Queen are still included.
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Thus far, it has received a 7.2/10 rating on IMDB and 6.3/10 from Rotten Tomatoes. It is definitely worth a watch if you are an ABBA fan or enjoyed the first Mamma Mia although I must be honest that there were quite a couple of moments where both my friend and I shed a tear or two. Nonetheless, I have already geared up more of my friends to go and watch it again!