Best movie of this year hands down!
Exactly the movie you think it is, but not the movie you want it to be.
The biggest problem with this movie is it’s a little better than you think it might be, which somehow makes it worse. As in, it takes itself a bit too seriously, which makes most of the movie feel kind of dull.
One of the worst ways to make a cult movie is to set out to make a cult movie.
Without going into too much detail (and no spoilers), I went into the theater with relatively high expectations, as I loved the original movie and watched it with much enthusiasm in the theater (way) back in 2008. After the first 20 minutes or so of "Here We Go Again", I was very honestly, almost considering to leave the movie theater in disappointment. The 'new' cast who plays the younger version of Donna and the 3 men, who she romanced that summer on an island in Greece, looked the part well, but didn't play the part well. While their singing was more than adequate, their acting was sub-par and at times felt overdone and over the top in effort. And some of the scenes early in the movie felt cringingly cheesy and almost unnecessary, especially the scene with the poor Greek man on the boat who wanted to return to the island to.. (no spoilers) as well as the band whose singer was the son of the bar (restaurant?) owner. Fortunately though, the original (2008) cast kept my attention, and the flow of the movie improved about halfway in. There was certainly a great amount of attention and effort put into this movie's music production and choreography which I enjoyed the most. However, I'm not a big fan of Cher, and didn't really feel like she fit in/belong with the ensemble and the story, although it was a relatively short appearance. Her version of "Fernando" was average at best. Overall though, I very much enjoyed the music and liked how the whole story fit together near the end. I would certainly watch it again, just for the music alone.
Actors are great, movie is not, melodramatic and it's lacking the amazing energy and ease that Meryl brought, without Meryl Streep the movie sucks.
Brilliant funny sad uplifting film. Loved all the songs. Well acted. My most favourite part was the fact that a lady in a wheelchair was grooving away with the cast during waterloo. Much respect to whoever it was that included a disabled person, as I am also in a wheelchair
I hated the first movie. The singing was bad and the story did not engage, but in the second one everything is better. This is all you can wish for in an ABBA musical. The story works, the acting is great and the singing is "sweet as sugarcane"