Here we go again! Apparently, Abba’s irresistible musical treasure still serves as a fuel for tackling a new, flamboyant story and getting people to play the songs thinking as they seem to have been written for that moment. Even because we realized that many musical themes had been left out of the raunchy musical menu that made a furore just a decade ago.
After Meryl Streep literally painted the plaid on the original, Lily James steps in to retrieve Donna’s past and of course from her three husbands. Voila, and we have a sequel, or prequel, as if you want. That is, a guaranteed spectacle on a paradisiac Greek island for an audience of more than 40 years. Even if everything has that nonsense side taken and come served a baklava appetizer and or zo on the side .
It is in this idyllic location that the daughter (Amanda Seyfried) will try to erect a new party to honor the memory of the missing mother, while the edition provides us with version 70 ‘of this group, in particular the teen versions of Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard and Colin Firth, in a somewhat charismatic effect of Ol Parker’s responsibility, instead of Phillida Loyd, a boy whose achievements include only the equally charismatic performance of The Exotic Hotel Marigold and the fact that he was married to Thandie Newton …
As in the original, also in Mamma Mia – Here We Go Again (the title itself of the sequel already seemed decided for decades) the main force rests in the written subjects of the Swedish Bjorn Ullvaeus and Benny Anderson. But that is also its fragility. Because it is clear that not only Lily James, but the rest cast , where we will see Dominic Cooper, Julie Walters or even Andy Garcia, can hardly stand between the lines of the musical numbers. Enough to feed the sequel? Of course yes. The trailer itself takes care of the service. But is it a good movie? No, as it was not the 2008 movie, despite the exuberance and boldness of Meryl Streep and even Amanda Seyfried, beyond the Abba songs, of course.
The problem is that today, this kind of encore , or B side of the same disc, does not reap the same hype of the musical show . With the aggravating fact that some musical numbers are especially painful. Wait, but we have the visit of a porcelain-chirped Cher, singing Fernando and wanting to convince him that he is Amanda Seyfried’s grandmother! Okay, this may even be a kind of Easter egg if we want, so the delirium is total. Or perhaps a moment of almost terror.