“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” exceeds expectations

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By Lucy Arrow ’21

“Mamma Mia!” is a timeless movie starring award winning actors such as Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried and Pierce Brosnan with a stunning plot and beautiful scenery.
Along with this, amazing music created by ABBA that could get stuck in your head for hours on end after watching the credits roll. I thought that it would be impossible to top, and I was scared that I would be disappointed with the recently released prequel.
However, after watching “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” I was left with my jaw dropped in awe of how spectacular the movie ended up being.
With popcorn in hand, the story began, with Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), years older than the age she was in the first movie, addressing invitations for the grand opening of Hotel Bella Donna to her three fathers, Bill, Harry and Sam, while singing a song. Then, the movie immediately flashbacks to 1979, the year that young Donna (Lily James), Tanya (Jessica Wynn) and Rosie (Alexa Davies), Donna’s best friends, all graduated from Oxford University. Donna and the Dynamos then ripped off their graduation robes, revealing sparkly, colorful outfits and broke out in song, singing “When I Kissed the Teacher” into the streets of Oxford.
Scenes continuously switched from present day Sophie working on the grand opening of the hotel she had redone and young Donna traveling to Greece, meeting three men along the way, and falling in love with all of them, just as the story goes.

Casting was excellent, as most of the actors looked like younger versions of the older characters featured in “Mamma Mia!”. Special appearances by Meryl Streep and Cher were included toward the end of the movie, leaving everyone in shock.
A majority of the musical numbers were new and specifically written for the second movie, but some of the most popular songs such as “Mamma Mia” and “Dancing Queen,” were also included in the prequel which made me extremely nostalgic.
To finish it off, the whole cast sang the classic song “Super Trooper” from the original “Mamma Mia!”
I have no criticisms for this movie. “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” exceeded any expectations I had. It is a must see and I cannot until the next time I can sit down and watch this incredible movie again.

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