Just a warning, this article contains very mild spoilers for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is best described as piece of cake.
And not just any piece of cake, I’m talking a messy cream-filled concoction (your second of the night in fact) that you absolutely did not need to eat at all but you were still craving all the same.
It’s unnecessary, yet still delicious, and once you devour it whole you will not be left with one ounce of regret.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is the long-awaited sequel to the 2008 smash-hit movie musical Mamma Mia! and this time around there is a split timeline of events taking place to the tunes of ABBA’s greatest hits.
In the present day, we are following a now 25-year-old Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) who is back on the Greek island from the first film and attempting to turn her mother’s slightly crumbling hotel into a luxury resort.
As characters from the original begin to trickle into the story so that they can join the epic island celebrations (most notably, Christine Baranski as Tanya and Julie Walters as Rosie) Sophie starts to wonder what her mother’s first days on that same island were like.
The flip-side of the film is a flashback series of young Donna (played by Meryl Streep in the original film and now played by Lily James) as she graduates from college and sets out on an epic round-the-world adventure that sees her travel to a beautiful Greek island and have a series of romantic trysts along the way.
Trysts with three young men who turn out to be Sophie’s fathers Bill (Stellan Skarsgård), Harry (Colin Firth) and Sam (Pierce Brosnan) and each meet-cute between young Donna and her suitors plays out on-screen like its own bit-sized romantic comedy special.
However, with this particular sequel there’s just not a whole lot of story left to tell and the fear that the filmmakers used up all the really good ABBA songs the first time around was a legitimate concern that actually came to fruition. This version is held up with a few tunes that only die-hard ABBA fans will recognise and the rest are recycled bangers from the first flick.
However, the immense heart and humour from the first film are still very much loud and proud here and really, isn’t that what we all came back for in the first place?