Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

This second installment of the Mamma Mia ABBA concept, however, I found really problematic to get into, due to the fact that it suffers from overwrought, cares-too-much-about-itself, Disnified, Hyperaware Smiley Utopic Blandness. It’s the same chronic illness that affects The Greatest Showman, La La Land, A Star Is Born, Mary Poppins Returns, and every Live-Action Revamp of the Disney Catalogue Ever Made. What does it come down to? Money. These are all unoriginal, manufactured musicals, with uninspired music, shot with supposedly “gorgeous” cinematography, buffed to perfection, calculated in both content and context to make people Feel Good About Spending Their Money on Uplifting Entertainment.

Ultimately, Mamma Mia 2 just lacks the apparent ease and sincerity of the first one. It tries too hard.