Entertain Us (31-7-2018): Mamma Mia! Here we go again

Entertain Us (31-7-2018): Mamma Mia! Here we go again

IT has been 10 years since the first Mamma Mia movie and fans have been screaming Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! for another instalment.

The recently-released sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, is sure to please diehard Abba fans and undoubtedly lead to Money, Money, Money for the creators.

However, the film left me wanting to send out an SOS.

The film is set five years after the first with a now 25-year-old Sophie, played by Amanda Seyfried, preparing for the opening of a Greek island hotel.

Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard and Julie Walters all reprise their roles from the original.

Spoiler alert: the beloved main character Donna, played by Oscar winner Meryl Streep, is dead and the film gives no indication of how she passed.

Killing off the main character and not giving any clues as to how she died is more frustrating and sad than Pierce Brosnan’s singing voice! I think it’s time Netflix commissioned a docu-series into how Donna died.

While we are on the topic of terrible singers, the film’s producers obviously knew what was good for them this time around with hardly any singing from Brosnan, Firth or Streep.

The first film was a classic, but the filmmakers used all the popular Abba songs the first time so had to resort to lesser known tunes for round two.

I got the feeling the creators picked a few songs, most of which were quite sombre, and then decided to mould a whole film around them.

The film switched between present day and the past and actress Lily James, who played young Donna, was absolutely brilliant.

One of the first scenes features young Donna graduating and, as she gets up to make a speech, she bursts into a musical number of When I Kissed the Teacher.

I know it’s a musical film and should be taken with a grain of salt but if a student jumped up and started singing about kissing a teacher today I doubt the whole school would respond by dancing along.

The shining light was a cameo by Cher, who at 72 can still belt out a tune.

Cher plays Sophie’s grandmother but in all reality, she was playing Cher, and I lapped up every minute.

The songs may have been less popular, the story a bit vague, the singing a little bit mediocre, but the film achieved what it set out to.

It is aimed at a certain audience and looking around in the cinema people had big grins on their faces and were loving the musical numbers.

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