Bradley’s review published on Letterboxd:
No cynicism. No hate. Just pure joyfullness.
This is probably some of the most fun you’ll have at the movies this year, unless you’re just a grump. And if so, get that negativity out of your life and watch this movie. With its fun and catchy soundtrack, emotional story, and fully committed cast, it’s would be hard to walk out of this movie without a big smile on your face. It fully embraces what it is and is never trying to be some top tier filmmaking, it’s just pure escapist fun.
This is an improvement over the first. The first is a fun and cute movie but suffered at times from a technical standpoint and at times story. Here in the sequel, that isn’t as much a problem. There’s some iffy green screen throughout the film but even high budget movies have a problem making green screen look good. But the musical sequences here are much more bright and energetic than the first. The Waterloo sequence in particular is an absolute blast. And the story here has a much stronger emotional connection than the first. The storylines between the past and present surprisingly flow together nicely. Each part of each story gets the right amount of screen time where it feels like one may outstay their welcome. They may not be the most original storyline but their engaging. The one element from the first that is thankfully still in this film is the cast. Everyone is having a blast and seem to be having a great time being on set. The new cast do a great job in their roles. Lily James is everything and whoever plays young Tanya deserves an award for nailing down everything about Christine Baranski.
This is comfort food. This is what we put on to feel good. This is an absolute joy to watch and will hopefully put a smile on even the most cynical of people, coming from someone who can be cynical.