REVIEW: Mamma Mia sequel will delight all the dancing queens

Something about this sequel sings, dazzles and shines just a little brighter than the bombastic original did 10 years ago.

The eclectic mix from ABBA’s lesser-known, less showy catalogue somehow brings us a film that matches — and improves on — the original in so many ways.

The film follows Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) who’s preparing an event to honour her mother Donna (Meryl Streep) and begins to learn more about her mother while she was pregnant.

It’s a wonderful affair, with the returning cast giving it their all, and a host of new actors, including young Donna (the fantastic Lily James) and a trio of young men who play the youthful versions of Harry (Hugh Skinner), Bill (Josh Dylan) and Sam (Jeremy Irvine).

The film is hilarious, enormously entertaining and carries an emotional weight the first just didn’t possess.

Featuring cameo from amazing Cher herself, fantastic performances all-round and song-and-dance sequences that will leave you breathless, this is the summer sequel to beat.

It will leave you singing, laughing and toe-tapping its entire run-time, and it’s a truly earnest, good-natured film you can’t help but smile at.

4/5 Stars

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