Ten years on since Mamma Mia! arrived in cinemas, the sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again makes its debut. Reuniting the original cast and chucking in Cher for good measure, the movie promises more fun and laughter, along with a heck of a lot of ABBA songs.
But is Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again a ‘Super Trouper‘ or ‘When All Is Said and Done‘ should someone be sending out an ‘S.O.S.‘ to save this franchise? Let’s see what the critics have said.
- Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian awarded Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again three stars (out of five) and called the movie a “feta fever dream sequel (that) is weirdly irresistible.” he added: “This whole thing looks like a preposterous and mad dream you might have after eating your bodyweight in feta. More enjoyable than I thought.”
- Geoffrey Macnab of the Independent also awarded the movie three stars (out of five) and said: “This is a sequel without a hint of cynicism about it. If you don’t like ABBA, spandex and glitter, it will still make you come out in hives but there is a sizeable enough part of the audience with a high tolerance for just such a mixture.”
- Robbie Collin of The Telegraph gave Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again four stars (out of five) and posed the question: “How could you resist it?”
- Leslie Felperin of The Hollywood Reporter called the movie “a throwback to old-school musicals in all their corny glory,” adding “it helps that the cast looks like they’re having a right old hootenanny of a time, practically winking at the audience, in on the joke all the way.”
- And finally, Ben Travis of Empire gave Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again three stars (out of five) and said: “You’ll cackle at Christine Baranski’s crackling dialogue, cry when Meryl sings ‘My Love, My Life’, and when all is said and done you might even be tempted to go again.”
So, there you are, the general feeling is it’s daft, cheesy as heck and not to be taken seriously – kind of like the original then! It would appear that if you loved Mamma Mia! then you’re going to enjoy the sequel just as much.
For more review round-ups and reactions to recent releases, check out past editions of The Great Stampede which have focused on Mission: Impossible – Fallout Skyscraper, Whitney, The First Purge, Ant-Man and the Wasp, The Incredibles 2, Ocean’s 8, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Hereditary, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Deadpool 2, Batman Ninja, Avengers: Infinity War, Rampage, A Quiet Place, Isle of Dogs, Tomb Raider, Ready Player One, Love, Simon, A Wrinkle in Time, Annihilation, The Shape of Water and Black Panther.