Having left Sophie, Sky, Donna, the rest of the dynamos and the potential 3 fathers on the heavenly Kalokairi island there was much left unanswered when Mamma Mia came to a close that we needed to know so it came to no surprise that when we rejoined the cast on the magical island that Donna seemingly ruled 10 years later their worlds had changed dramatically. The sequel-prequel hybrid starts with a young Donna (played by Lily James) in her graduation ceremony at Oxford where in true dynamo fashion she brakes out in full song and dance of ABBA’s When I Kissed A Teacher before we are transported to modern day Sophie (played by Amanda Seyfried) who is still trying to live out her mother’s vision. As we are transported between then and now we are shown the way of Donna’s early beginnings in travel and we begin to see that the saying “Like mother, Like daughter” isn’t all that far from the truth.
As we set ourselves in for the story to start we see Sophie in the newly renovated hotel “Bella Donna” named after her mother who stumbled across the place many moons ago and as she reminisces and frantically plans the launch of the place we see the young adventurer battle with the prospect of history repeating itself. As we journey further in we are taken back to see how young Donna first stumbled on the idyllic wonderland and the men who made her journey so special. Through the magic of songs, that will have you singing along, we manoeuvre through the musical’s hi-jinx to learn about Bill, Harry & Sam (played by Hugh Skinner, Josh Dylan, Jeremy Irvine, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard & Colin Firth) and how they first met the fleeing beauty that was Donna before we start to see the plans of the new hotel unravel. As we move back to present day we’re introduced to the new hotel manager Fernando (played by Andy Garcia) who warns of a storm facing the island, much like that of when Donna first landed and as the storm hits Sophie’s dreams of making her mother’s dreams come true begin to dissipate. As young Donna’s story comes to an end and merges with present day Sophie’s we see a distressed young woman who’s day is about to change thanks to her 3 fathers and with a song and a dance we are treated to a first look at how the new hotel manages to pull through with help from an estranged Grandmother (played by Cher) and an announcement that will have you celebrating from right there in your chair.
If you’re yet to see the fabulous production that is Mamma Mia 2! Here We Go Again then what are you waiting for? It’s honestly one of the funnest, toe-tappingest, sing-out-loudest movies you’ll ever see and I guarantee it’ll have you walking out of the cinema smiling and singing catchy 70’s tunes that you’ll hate yourself for knowing the words to but secretly love yourself for remembering.