I have to be honest that Mamma Mia is something that my husband and I still laugh about now, he is just a couple of years older than me but knew a lot more about ABBA than I did, I just thought we were going to see a film at the cinema, with no real idea that Mamma Mia was going to essentially be a musical. I’ll be honest and say that a few songs in I asked whether they were going to ‘sing’ the whole film, and my husband laughed hysterically at my question and replied – ‘yes, what did you expect!’ Well, suffice to say – lesson learned and ever since I have been more inquiring when a cinema trip has been raised…
But, whilst Mamma Mia the first time around might not have been my cup of tea, plenty of people disagreed with me, in fact the movie grossed more than $600 million world-wide, hence when I heard that Mamma Mia was getting a second instalment in the shape of ‘Here We Go Again’, I felt it should be featured.
So, the scene returns to the magical island of Kalokairi in Greece for another musical movie featuring new original songs by ABBA, as well as old classics and it also features the same cast plus a few new faces. The film is in UK cinemas from 20th July.
The original producers have returned to do this film: Judy Craymer (also creator and producer) and Gary Goetzman. Ol Parker who you might recognise from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel directs and writes the sequel, with a story by Catherine Johnson, Richard Curtis and Parker. Of course, Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus from ABBA need no introduction, return to provide music and lyrics as well as serve as executive producers. The other executive producers are also well-known industry professionals: Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Phyllida Lloyd, Richard Curtis and Nicky Kentish Barnes.
Having dealt with the star-studded production, you move on to the all-star cast: Reprising their roles are Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep as Donna (it is unknown whether Meryl has filmed new scenes, or just appears in flashbacks taken from the original), Julie Walters as Rosie and Christine Baranski as Tanya. Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper reunite as Sophie and Sky, while Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård and Oscar® winner Colin Firth return to play Sophie’s three possible dads: Sam, Bill and Harry.
It is probably not essential that you have seen the first film to enjoy the latest, as it does go back and forth demonstrating how the relationships have been forged in the past and how they are impacting the present. New actors play the parts of the younger versions of the characters.
Without giving too much away, Sophie is pregnant and running her Mother’s villa, her mother and childhood friends tell the story of how she prepared for having and raising her daughter (through flashbacks). Of course, this was a tricky situation, with three possible fathers’! Matters are complicated enough, but then enters her Nan who unexpectedly turns up – and who just happened to be played by Cher!
You can see the trailer here: www.mammamiamovie.co.ukTweet