The Goddess of Pop is back in top form on the big screen.
The Grammy Awards may not be something we in the film community pay as much mind to. This year’s trophies in the Music for Visual Media category go to La La Land and Moana. Our Princess Carrie Fisher also won for Best Spoken Word Album, reminding us why we miss her so.
But this year’s event dropped a new TV spot for an anticipated musical sequel, as well. The first trailer for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again revealed some of the sequel’s plot, while in contrast this ad instead puts one of the film’s newer cast members in the spotlight: Cher, who returns to the big screen for the first time since 2011. Watch it below.
“Get ready to sing and dance, laugh and love all over again.”
Max Covill cannily referred to Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again as “The Godfather II adaptation no one wanted” in his write-up of the first trailer. He also called it “your mom’s favorite musical,” which is thoroughly amusing considering how many people my age (i.e. in their twenties) also adore this movie. There’s been a growing display of unabashed love for the original movie in the decade since it was released. Mamma Mia! may not be the pinnacle of cinema that many purport The Godfather to be, but it has definitively become a lighthearted classic. Mamma Mia! may forever haunt Pierce Brosnan (although not enough that he passed up returning for the sequel), but many actually love the film for its celebration of good vibes and ABBA.
The cast is another reason to love what is now the Mamma Mia! duology. There are a ton of movies that don’t expect actors to actually act and Mamma Mia! is one of them — unapologetically so, of course. All eyes are on Cher in the new TV spot. But even though she’s technically playing Amanda Seyfried’s character’s grandmother, that’s just Cher taking on a rendition of “Fernando;” Cher trying to steal the spotlight from Amanda Seyfried herself. Yet that’s all part of Mamma Mia!‘s charm, even if cynics don’t particularly care for it.
Whatever your reservations about Mamma Mia! may be, fans are ready to take the trip back to Kalokairi this summer when Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again hits cinemas on July 20, 2018.