MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN

★★★

Empire (UK) - - ON.SCREEN -

OUT NOW / CERT PG / 114 MINS DI­REC­TOR Ol Parker

CAST Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Meryl Streep, Pierce Bros­nan, Cher, Colin Firth, Julie Wal­ters, Chris­tine Baran­ski, Stel­lan Skars­gård,

THE GOD­FA­THER PART II of ‘juke­box clas­sics’ mu­si­cals, in so much as it’s part se­quel, part pre­quel. In its best mo­ments, di­rec­tor Ol Parker re­cap­tures the orig­i­nal’s free-wheel­ing en­ergy, but it is an un­even ex­pe­ri­ence, with the ’70sset por­tion re­count­ing too much we al­ready know and some un­nec­es­sary emo­tional bag­gage for Amanda Seyfried’s So­phie bring­ing down the vibe in the early scenes of the mod­ern-day sto­ry­line. But there are more than enough joy­ful mo­ments (and plenty of clas­sic songs) to have you danc­ing in the aisles come the end cred­its. BT

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