Mum Mia! Here We Go Again Review: Needs More Meryl, but Thank God for the Cher Joy

Mum Mia! Here We Go Again Review: Needs More Meryl, but Thank God for the Cher Joy

A good ABBA song delivered in the right spirit is like a triple shot. It convinces you that you have fun. For much of the duration of this sequel I found it hateful, annoying, lazy and – well, you understand me. Then Cher appeared and sang Fernando. That was it's. I was pie-eyed.

The 2008 original, the most successful jukebox musical of all time, was packed with good songs. For obvious reasons, author and director Ol Parker (replacing Phyllida Lloyd) has been forced to recycle more obscure tracks. (Fast translation: obscure traces – the scum).

For reasons that are best known, Parker has also ruled out Meryl Streep. As Twitter predicts for months, Streep's exuberant, hippy-dippy single-mom Donna Sheridan is no longer. She still dominates the story, but now about her younger self (played by Lily James).

It's 1979 and blond, beautiful, fresh from Oxford, Donna travels to Europe and has unprotected sex with three handsome, rich guys, Harry, Sam and Bill (Hugh Skinner, Jeremy Irvine, Josh Dylan). As in the original, the songs do not always match the situation. On the Greek island of Kalokairi, Donna and Sam join in, then quarrel as they sing, "We just have to face each other, this time we're done."

Psst! They just met. This is her first argument. If this franchise has a mantra, it is "Logic schmogic".

Suspended: Meryl Streep as Donna in Mamma Mia! here we go again
Meanwhile, five years after the events in the first film, Donna's ambiguous daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) has upgraded Donna's Shabby Chic Hotel and is determined to host a large launch party. She does so with the help of Donna's friends Rosie and Tanya (Julie Walters, Christine Baranski) and the now wealthier Sam, Bill and Harry (Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård and Colin Firth). A mysterious and handsome manager-type (Andy Garcia) says a storm is on the way. Also between Sophie and her friend Sky (Dominic Cooper) seething.

Scary, right? As in The Godfather Part II, we move between scenes in which an invincible immigrant lays the foundation for a dynasty and a parallel narrative in which their obsessive offspring risk everything to expand the family business. It's true, instead of bloodshed and bullets, we get ballads and a hectic roar. And instead of lines like "If history has taught us something that you can kill anyone," we have, "Come on, let's put this show on the road!"

Comparing these sequels, it would be easy to conclude that thrillers dominated by fathers and sons are exalted, while musicals dominated by mothers and daughters are fewer.

Mamma Mia 2 takes its privileged characters at face value. Donna, who arrived in Kalokairi, never makes a work effort to earn her bed and board. She moves to a farmhouse without asking. She eats oranges from the trees without asking. After all, she's a Goldilocks who never get their support, surrounded by bears that pass on.

A local tavern owner (Maria Vacratsis) not only gives Donna the farmhouse, but also provides crucial help while our heroine is in torment of work. This Greek woman is the ultimate replacement mother. Nevertheless, she is treated as a secondary character.

Mum Mia! Here we go again premiere in pictures

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Actress Lily James poses for photographers on arrival at the world premiere of the film # Mamma Mia! Now it starts again & # 39;

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Lily James and Amanda Seyfried stun at the premiere of Mamma Mia! Here we go again in London.

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Cher visits Mamma Mia! Here we go again premiere

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Cher, Lily James and Amanda Seyfried share a joke

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Actor Pierce Brosnan poses for photographers on arrival at the world premiere of the film 'Mamma Mia! Now it starts again & # 39;

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Dominic Cooper throws lemons when he's at the premiere of Mamma Mia! here we go again

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Actress Christine Baranski poses for photographers on arrival at the world premiere of the movie 'Mamma Mia! Now it starts again & # 39 ;,

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Livia Firth and Colin Firth attend the premiere of Mamma Mia! Here we go again in Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London

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Colin Firth

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Meryl Streep at the premiere of Mamma Mia! here we go again

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Amanda Seyfried

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Cher

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Actress Lily James poses for photographers on arrival at the world premiere of the film # Mamma Mia! Now it starts again & # 39;

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson attend the premiere of Mamma Mia! here we go again

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Jeremy Irvine

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Ol Parker and Thandie Newton

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Thandie Newton at the premiere of Mamma Mia! here we go again

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Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus

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Andy Garcia

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Georgia Toffolo at the premiere of Mamma Mia! here we go again

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Actress Lily James poses for photographers on arrival at the world premiere of the film # Mamma Mia! Now it starts again & # 39;

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Lily James and Amanda Seyfried stun at the premiere of Mamma Mia! Here we go again in London.

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Cher visits Mamma Mia! Here we go again premiere

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Cher, Lily James and Amanda Seyfried share a joke

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Actor Pierce Brosnan poses for photographers on arrival at the world premiere of the film 'Mamma Mia! Now it starts again & # 39;

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Dominic Cooper throws lemons when he's at the premiere of Mamma Mia! here we go again

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Actress Christine Baranski poses for photographers on arrival at the world premiere of the movie 'Mamma Mia! Now it starts again & # 39 ;,

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Livia Firth and Colin Firth attend the premiere of Mamma Mia! Here we go again in Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London

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Colin Firth

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Meryl Streep at the premiere of Mamma Mia! here we go again

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Amanda Seyfried

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Cher

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Actress Lily James poses for photographers on arrival at the world premiere of the film # Mamma Mia! Now it starts again & # 39;

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson attend the premiere of Mamma Mia! here we go again

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Jeremy Irvine

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Ol Parker and Thandie Newton

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Thandie Newton at the premiere of Mamma Mia! here we go again

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Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus

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Andy Garcia

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Georgia Toffolo at the premiere of Mamma Mia! here we go again

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At the present time, the hotel is run by Greek staff (Sophie just shows up and pats some pillows). In an obvious attempt to appear current, it points to the fact that the islanders are suffering economically. It is expected that we will find it adorable to invite these people to Soph's glittering launch. You do not have to be a Marxist-Leninist who writes your thesis on film cultural imperialism to find it a bit rich.

The cast is impeccable. The stunningly handsome James has an average voice and is barely stretched (she usually only has to put her smile on 11). Still, if she can, she sneaks into the process. Another fresh face (Alexa Davies, like the young Rosie) is just as smart. Brosnan still can not sing, but moves like a widowed widower.

You can not go wrong with Firth, García, Walters or Baranski. You also get a few crashing lines. Baranski was born to utter the words, "Shut up, my beating vagina."

Only when Cher arrives, Parker's tricky musical adventure is felt. With her dirty smile and her cello-deep voice, the 72-year-old simply takes over the responsibility. As Sophie's grandmother, Ruby, she is also a goddess, a pantomime lady, and one of us (no wonder Garcia, her love, looks both excited and amused.)

Cher and Streep were a heartbreaking dynamic duo in Silkwood (1983). And if you ask yourself, Mamma Mia 2 is not a complete Meryl-free zone. In a single scene, it reminds us that having a great look is not about looking young (or looking young for your age). In a nanosecond, she avoids all this and makes the story of a mother and daughter connected with her seem universal and indeed exalted.

Euphoria! Tears! Fernando! Dagnabit. This movie will make you high and wet. And ready (almost) to look at the prospect of Mamma Mia 3.

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