Movie review: New “Mamma Mia” exceptionally fun to watch

Image result for mamma mia poster“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” — the  sequel to the 2008 musical “Mamma Mia!” —  is a must-see. Not only for fans of the classic soundtrack and performances from the original, but also for fans of movies in general. The new movie is perfect for a little cheering up. It didn’t fail to put a smile on my face.

Although at times musicals feel cheesy, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” nailed every quality a good musical should have. The songs carry the narrative of the film forward and convey the emotions being felt by the characters.

Lily James plays young Donna Sheridan in the sequel. She delivers an exceptional performance. The transition from spoken lines to music is hard to pull off for a lot of actors, but James surpasses expectations.

Amanda Seyfried, returning from the original as Sophie, sticks to the classic ABBA songs from the original, implementing the slow and fast parts of a song in such a way that the viewer feels the emotions of the character. The original movie is known for being an upbeat, overall fun film to watch. Now 10 years later, the new one can best be described as a song-filled rollercoaster of emotions.