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‘Mamma Mia 2’ rekindles romance

August 3, 2018

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is sentimental, charming and cute, but it also has an interesting story to tell. Remember in the movie “Mamma Mia!” how Donna (Meryl Streep) didn’t know who is the father of her daughter, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried)? The father might be Sam (played by Pierce Brosnan), Harry (played by Colin Firth) or Bill (played by Stellan Skarsgard).

Through flashbacks featuring Lily James as Donna, we learn how she met and was swept up in romances with the three young men — Sam (Jeremy Irvine), Harry (Hugh Skinner) and Bill (Josh Dylan) — who each could be the father of her daughter.

But, back in the current day, Sophie is planning a special event at the Greek hotel created by Donna and there are complications, including the fact that her husband (played by Dominic Cooper) might be accepting a job far away and not coming home. Fortunately, she has Tanya (played by Christine Baranski) and Rosie (played by Julie Walters) to help her cope and sing ABBA songs. Toward the end of the film, Sophie’s grandmother (played by Cher) shows up and sings a song or two.

You know whether a musical film featuring ABBA songs appeals to you. But, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” focuses on the many ways in which a person can win or lose love and regain it after it has been lost.

This movie also brings home the point that a loved one can continue to have a big impact on one’s life even after that loved one has passed away.

This film has a lot of talented people in it and it seems that they are all having a wonderful time together. This is an entertaining film that celebrates not only the importance of romantic love but also other forms of love such as kinship and friendship.

John Gillispie is the public relations director for the Huntington Museum of Art.

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