Swanner: The film starts up a year after Donna’s death. Yes, Donna is no longer with us, but Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) and Sky (Dominic Cooper), to honor her, have made the hotel just as Donna had always wanted it to be. Days away from the grand opening, everything has gone wrong and Sophie is about to lose it all and disappoint her mother. Ol Parker wrote and directed this sequel showing us how a young Donna (Lily James) meets Bill, Sam, and Harry and how she comes to own the hotel.
The film brings back all the characters from the original and introduces us to their younger versions. Keeping with the lightheartedness of the first film, we do see how everything came to be and where these characters are headed in the future. Pierce Brosnan is given a lot less to sing this time around. which was really my only complaint with Mamma Mia. Stellan Skarsgard and Colin Firth return as the dads, and Christina Baranski, and Julie Walters complete the returning cast members.
The big reveal here is adding Cher as Sophie’s grandmother; and when doesn’t Cher make everything better? The musical itself is a big goofy ABBA songfest, and that remains the same. I was glad to see they introduced a few new songs to keep things fresh. I noticed this time around that these films feels more and more like Priscilla Queen of the Desert which also featured many ABBA classics. Adding Cher here makes this the gayest film that will come out this year without any gay characters…and I’m okay with it.
Swanner: 3 ½ stars