We take the same and start again. Half-sequel, half-prequel, the musical for the summer of 2018 takes up the recipes for the success of its predecessor.
At the end of Mamma mia, 2008 flagship musical, Donna (Mery Streep) found love again in Sam’s (Pierce Brosnan) arms and married her daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) in a charming church overlooking the sea on a small Greek island. All against the backdrop of a soundtrack composed entirely of Abba’s hits.
Ten years later, the band has reformed around Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), who polishes the opening of the hotel that her mother had always dreamed of. The opportunity for her three dads (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard) to be with her, just like her mother’s crazy friends, Christine Baranski and Julie Walters, also back.
So ? What is this sequel to the cinema in 2018 and offered this Tuesday on TF1, a few days later the replay of the original musical on M6 ? Here is the review of First : alternating between flashbacks, telling how young Donna landed on this island, and real-time scenes showing Sophie facing difficulties similar to her mother’s, Mamma Mia: Here we go again hesitates between classic sequel and prequel. The rhythm suffers, the film never finding the right tempo, despite an original soundtrack which takes up the classics of the Swedish group (the same with a few exceptions as in the first).
Too bad, especially since the idea of the prequel was good, and allows to reveal the extent of the talents of Lily James, who plays the young version of Donna. One of the strengths of this sequel is its casting. The veterans of Mamma Mia are still impeccable, and the duo formed by Christine Baranski (Tanya) and Julie Walters (Rosie) in particular is very tasty. The newbies do not have to be ashamed either, in particular Jessica Keenan Wynn and Alexa Davies who were responsible for taking over the exuberant characters of Tanya and Rosie.
Finally, Mamma mia 2 does the job, and should especially appeal to fans, who will still have the songs in mind several days after the screening.
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