I went to see Mamma Mia 2 with my bestie and here we go again…
So, I’d like to preemptively say that I don’t know if the film was funny, or if we were just having a blast and so we made it funnier, y’know? I was laughing the whole way through in any case.
A lot of people have been saying they like it a lot more than the first, which I think is pish. Richard Curtis is a great writer, obviously, but he does love a choppy storyline. For me, the film was slightly doomed because all the best songs had already been used in the first film, Donna was dead (?!), and Cher made a random useless appearance at the end. For me, the film was a bit meh compared to the first.
BUT, if not comparing to the first, the film was pretty grand. It was ridiculous, cue young Colin Firth/Harry doing the most camp, British seductive song and dance to get young Donna into bed having only just met her. Who knew baby Harry had such courage? Also, every scene with Lily James was a delight because of her sunny disposition and her gorgeous curls (okay, biased on that one). Bit annoyed that we didn’t see their walks along the Seine, and their larfing in the rain, though…
Young Bill deserves his own film tbh. He’s so unbelievably beautiful and snazzy and sexy and cool. Give young Bill his own film! I’d watch it again just for him. Also, to watch young Rosie eating shitloads of cake to stop her from ruining young Donna’s happiness and jumping the sexy Swede. Relatable.
SPOILERS: we never find out how Donna died and it annoyed me!
I’m not a huge Cher fan so her appearance did fuck all for me. It just confused me, because I swear the first film mentions her looking down judgementally from Catholic heaven? Even if I misremembered that, in the first film Donna’s mum is portrayed as this very uptight, religious and pious woman who throws her only daughter out of the house for getting pregnant. Now she’s a multimillionaire singer who’s really vain and globally celebrated? Seemed a bit random and unnecessary to me. But, if you’re a filmmaker how do you say no to Cher being in your film?
The film was super self-indulgent and ridiculous; but, it’s Abba, it’s gonna be a bit silly. It made me happy! It was just a fun, feel-good film to enjoy with my best mate. My ramblings might sound a bit negative, but that’s because I loved the first one so much! This film is good, you should see it, but just don’t expect some of the belters of the first one. It’s expected fun, but it’s still a lot of fun.
Hang out with your mates, go on holiday, make friends with a horse, eat baclava and have a great summer.