nidheya’s review published on Letterboxd:
A surprisingly emotional tale celebrating the bond between mothers and daughters, the much anticipated sequel to the 2008 musical does not disappoint. Fully of catchy ABBA numbers and lovely, colorful cinematography, it is pure entertainment throughout.
Told in a Godfather 2esque prequel/sequel, we see two storylines: Sophie (Seyfried) dealing with the loss of her mother Donna (Streep) and reopening a renovate Hotel Bella Donna in her name; and young Donna (a delightful Lily James) moving to Kalokairi after graduation, and meeting Sam, Bill and Harry.
Barring a few plot inconsistencies that had me a little confused, director Ol Parker presented a fun summer movie. It was light hearted and breezy, while also deeply emotional. Meryl Streep's absence was deeply felt. In my opinion, the film belonged to a vivacious Lily James, who exudes warmth and joy in all her scenes, while also displaying a serious emotional range. The OG cast is delightful as always, though this time I was eyeing the gorgeous Colin Firth over Pierce Brosnan.
Seriously, do yourself a favor and go watch this summer romp.