“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”: Back to the island of love

After 10 years, the romantic movie on the Greek island has returned, giving us the opportunity to love and be loved again.

Back to the island of love

Launched in 2008, Mamma Mia! became one of the brightest marks of the musical genre with global sales of more than $ 600 million and many prestigious nominations. Before premiere, the movie also had significant communication effects by the participation of enormous names, who were also famous for being picky in choosing scripts, including Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosman, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård.

By the end of 2001, the United States faced the greatest terrorist pain in history. At this time, Meryl Streep decided to take her two children to see the musical Mamma Mia! at the Broadway theater to somewhat dispel the gloomy atmosphere. The show had an unexpected positive effect, causing the children to be really excited. They were even constantly dancing along the musical. Streep called Mamma Mia! a sweet gift for New York City and quickly accepted the lead role in the adapted movie seven years later.

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Lily James as the young Donna and Amanda Seyfried as Sophie.

he story begins with the wedding of young girl Sophie (Amanda Seyfried). At 20, she has never met and known her father. Hoping to find an answer, Sophie sends her wedding invitation to her mother’s three ex-lovers behind her back. Despite the huge distance to travel to Kalokairi Island, Sophie's three "father" were still present before the wedding. From here, the past lives up, revealing the memories that the mother (Meryl Streep) still buries.

The story of Mamma Mia! is told based on the great songs of ABBA. Watching the movie, viewers can feel like they are going through a variety of different moods, ranging from the sweet Honey, Honey to the gentle sarcasm of Money, Money, Money; from the lively Dancing Queen to the nostalgic Our Last Summer or the bitter The Winner Takes It All. The atmosphere of the late 1970s - early 80s embraces the blue sea, creating such classic appearance in the love life of two generations of women.

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ABBA's immortal collection continues to be the highlight, bringing the spirit of romance and nostalgia to this new movie.

Here we go again

If part one focuses on finding the father, the centerpiece of the second part is the mother. Unanswered questions will be answered in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Coming back to the past of Donna, director and screenwriter Ol Parker will tell the audience about the fluctuations that led to the birth of little girl Sophie.

 Covering this part is still sunny days over the Mediterranean, where Sophie comes back to when the girl find out she is pregnant. Sophie is confused. She does not know how to face with her new role as a mother. At this point, two of her mother's best friends (Christine Baranski and Julie Walters) decide to tell how tough Donna was when she became a single mom.

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Jeremy Irvine and Lily James as the young Donna and Sam.

One of the biggest mysteries right now is: Does the middle-aged mother played by Meryl Streep still... lives in the second part? Meryl Streep almost disappears in every campaign to promote the film. Instead, the audience can go back in time to admire the dreamlike, ambitious and passionate love of Lily James.

With warm and lovely voice, Lily James is considered the right choice to become the young version of Meryl. The actress grew up in a family with musical tradition. Thanks to being trained at a young age, Lily easily dominated the film projects with music background. Before coming to Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, she also shined in movies that were more or less musical, such as Cinderella (2015), Baby Driver (2017).

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Unanswered questions – all will be answered in this July, when the second part of the movie premieres globally. Besides the mysterious absence of Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again also surprises the audience with the appearance of Cher as Sophie's grandmother. Cher is one of the few appreciated singers in the field of cinema. In 1988, she won the Oscar Best Actress with Moonstruck. After 30 years, Cher returned to the big screen again, promising to bring impressive music performances to the musical.

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By: Emma Chavez

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