Phyllida Lloyd’s Mamma Mia! is an excellent jukebox musical that pulls on ABBA’s music and the 2008 film’s classy cast give it their all.
Movies In Focus was originally cynical of the film, but i grew to appreciate Mamma Mia. Yes it’s silly, but it really does work as a piece of entertainment and the cast (Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski) are fully committed themselves to proceedings. I admit to owning the soundtrack – just for Pierce Brosnan’s mighty rendition of ABBA’s SOS.
I was originally excited when that Universal Pictures has announced Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, thinking that the magic would strike twice. However, the 2018 sequel was a disappointing remake of the opening moments of the first movie, sidelining the original cast. I wanted to hang with the oldies, not the young pretenders. It lacked heart and originality. It was the worst film of 2018.
2008’s Mamma Mia! grossed $144 million at the US box office and $609 million globally. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again scored $120 million at the US box office and $395 million worldwide.