Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Movie Review
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is now on Blu-ray, but do we really need to go again? The answer is a resounding NO, as this sequel that no one asked for offers little reason to return to Kalokairi.
The first one was an exercise in tolerating mediocrity—a few high-energy dance sequences set to Cheese Level ABBA separated by bland talking scenes in between—and Here We Go Again is another futile mission with the same results. Only, again, no one asked for this one.
Meryl Streep is barely in it—even less so than I had expected—but that doesn’t really matter. Lily James, playing a younger version of her, is a suitable replacement and does her best to inject energy into the proceedings. Amanda Seyfried is back again to anchor things in present day, while the rest of the returning cast have a couple scenes to earn a paycheck.
Thankfully, Pierce Brosnan doesn’t have a solo this time around.
But at least a Brosnan solo number would have been memorable. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is nearly two hours of colorful scenes, second-grade ABBA songs that weren’t good enough to make the original and a bland story that shows how Young Donna hooked up with three guys who will end up being Sophie’s three fathers—a story that worked best as something that was covered in one-minute of dialogue in the first one.
The three men—this time played by Jeremy Irvine, Hugh Skinner and Josh Dylan—are nearly interchangeable thanks to minimal screen time and no real purpose other than to look good alongside Lily James. Contrast this with Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgaard from the original, who at least were somewhat well defined and interesting in their own right.
That doesn’t really matter, though. If you really, really, really loved Mamma Mia!and just need more of the same, Here We Go Again is just what the doctor ordered. For the rest of us? This is one movie you should never go to.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.