‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Film Review: Lily James Makes Up for Near-Absence of Meryl Streep

Mamma Mia! The Movie” wasn’t exactly crying out for a sequel. Adapted from a stage musical, which was based in turn on the back catalogue of Sweden’s finest pop group, ABBA, it had barely enough plot to sustain one film, let alone two. But it also grossed $615 million from a $52 million budget, making it the fifth most lucrative film of 2008. Faced with those numbers, which producer was going to quibble about a little detail like plot?

As for the writer-director, Ol Parker, he...

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