‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again’ Sticks To Its Roots

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Olivia Norwood

We’ve all been waiting for the Mamma Mia sequel for months – or years – and we’ve all been dying to see how it turned out.

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again follows two main storylines. One following a young Donna (Lily James) as she meets her daughter’s three fathers and learns about falling in love and the heartbreak of falling out of it. The second follows Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) in the future as she tries to continue her mother’s legacy after her death by rebuilding the hotel her mother spent her young life in.

Overall, this was a pretty good sequel to the 2008 girls’ night must-watch. There were a few plot holes in the writing that were glossed over for convenience to the plot, but that’s pretty common in movies such as this.

For example, there’s a scene towards the beginning of the movie where Donna breaks a staircase by riding down the bannister, and minutes later it’s completely fixed. I’m obviously not going to flat out harass this movie for that, but it’s still something to look into.

Another negative aspect of the movie was its use of transitions. Since there were two storylines going on, the creators had to make some way to transition between the two.

They did this by moving the camera so fast that suddenly you were transported to a different time period focusing on a different person.

On the other hand, the acting wasn’t awful. It was pretty typical but interesting to watch so many different actors and actresses act in the same environment. Although I won’t spoil, I loved how they incorporated Meryl Streep’s character as well as Cher’s character. Everyone had their own purpose and their own individual song.

I definitely didn’t hate Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. Of course there were things it could’ve done different and I will say that the first movie was slightly better but it did what it wanted to accomplish. It stuck to the roots of the original movie while diving deeper into the roots of Donna as a whole.

From what I’ve seen, that’s all it takes to satisfy a mega fan.

My Rating: 80%

Acting: 3.1/4

Cinematography: 3.3/4

Story: 3/4

Enjoyability: 3.5/4


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