Thanks to Universal Pictures Australia, we went to see Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again before its cinematic release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you go to see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, written and directed by Ol Parker, is both a prequel and sequel to the 2008 film, Mamma Mia!. Flashbacks reveal a young Donna (Lily James) in the 70s, travelling and performing with The Dynamos with best friends Rosie (Alexa Davies) and Tanya (Jessica Keenan Wyn) whereby Donna meets the three prospective fathers of her daughter, Sophie. Sam (Jeremy Irvine), Harry (Hugh Skinner) and Bill (Josh Dylan) play the younger versions of Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard‘s characters, respectively; all instantly smitten by the carefree Donna.

Fast forward and we find Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) facing a relationship crisis with Sky (Dominic Cooper) as he remains in New York with work while she launches the refurbished “Bella Donna”, the once run-down hotel her mother gave birth to her in. Cue saccharine sentiment, sobs and songs from present-day Sam, Rosie (Julie Walters) and Tanya (Christine Baranski). Sophia overcomes obstacles, with the help of her three dads, The Dynamos and a spectral appearance from her mum (Meryl Streep) to find inner happiness.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again doesn’t just aim to tug at the heart strings; it tries to lasso you in with a pink feather boa, then bungee drop you over a raging sea of cringe-worthy song and dance sequences. The scene where Sophie’s grandmother (Cher) sings “Fernando” – almost as auto tuned as “Believe” – to Fernando (Andy Garcia) against a backdrop of fireworks sums up the film. More drag than dancing queen. If anything, the Mamma Mia! sequel is a great advertisement for Croatian tourism.

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