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20th July
written by Adam

Following in the footsteps of her deceased mother Donna (Lily James, Meryl Streep), Young Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) learns about her mother’s history, the fire behind her personality, and the men who would become her fathers. Directed by Ol Parker and written by Ol Parker and Richard Curtis this cinematic musical number stringing together a number of hits from Sweden’s ABBA, the powerhouse dance phenom of the 70’s and 80’s. Playing as a sequel to 2008’s Mama Mia, the film delves a bit deeper in the band’s catalog to pick out a handful of tunes to drive the plot forward; sadly, the large majority of the numbers chosen to drive the first act aren’t particularly memorable, but, further down the rabbit hole we go and the infectious fun of ABBA’s music cannot be resisted, by acts two and three we’ve got a rip roaring time on our hands. Simple but well thought out choreography, cinematography and overall blocking complete the picture making the end result worthy of a handful of chuckles, a number of smiles as well as a sexually positive and empowering female message. Still, perhaps more of rental when the weather turns cold and you need some color in your life, Mama Mia! Here We Go Again is rated PG-13.

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