Synopsis: The film will go back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present.
Release Date: July 20, 2018
Thoughts: It has been a decade since the boffo stage hit Mamma Mia! danced its way to the big screen and made millions but it was a bit of a puzzlement when this sequel was announced. Where did the film have to go and how many more ABBA tunes could be culled from their catalog for the characters to sing? This first look at Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (ugh, that title!) has arrived and, I warn you, it’s fairly alarming. The sun drenched Greek setting is back as are most of the buoyant cast members…but someone is noticeably absent from most of the merriment. Meryl Streep…or to be more specific, Streep’s character. Sure, Streep (Hope Springs) is present in flashes but she’s not front and center like the original film and that’s inspired people to ask if the filmmakers killed her character off. Not sure how I feel about that and even more unsure if it’s wise to make this a prequel when the back story was such a flimsy throwaway in the first place. Director Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) has brought on Lily James (Darkest Hour) to play Streep in her twenties and landed Cher (Mermaids) to play her mother (!!!). No question I’ll be lining up to see this but if it’s going in the direction I think, I’m already blue since the day I first saw this trailer.