Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
More summer romance set to an Abba soundtrack
“Swede Jesus, they’ve done it,” said Johnny Oleksinski in the New York Post. The sequel to 2008’s campy romp through Abba’s greatest hits is “even crazier” than the original and “significantly improved in every way.” Sure, Meryl Streep’s Donna appears only in a brief flashback, while her daughter, played by Amanda Seyfried, is refurbishing an inn Donna created on an idyllic Greek island. But when the story zips back all the way to 1979, Lily James steps in as the young Donna—the Donna who became pregnant without knowing which of three men was the father—and James proves “as funny as she is emotionally true.” The whole film is absurd, but “I loved every minute of it,” said Ty Burr in The Boston Globe. The soundtrack unearths some weak Abba deep cuts, but whenever the performers break into the “insanely catchy” big numbers, “you give in.” At least you do when Cher finally shows up, said Anthony Lane in The New Yorker. The icon’s rendition of “Fernando,” in a voice “still throbbingly low and lusty,” provides an undeniable late showstopper. Even I—no fan of the franchise—“pulled the cotton wool from my ears” and listened.