I got to see Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again on Monday. As far as a review, I don’t want to give anything away but the casting of the younger characters was spot-on (if it came out that Jessica Keenan Wynn was actually Christine Baranski’s secret daughter, I wouldn’t be surprised), there were quite a few of ABBA’s “deep tracks” and there wasn’t nearly enough Cher. Oh, and if you enjoy post-credit scenes, there is a cute, quick one at the end of the film.
Minor spoilers for Mama Mia
I originally reported that the Oscar-winning actress and singer was performing two songs in the movie. She did, sort of. She performed the ABBA hit “Fernando” with co-star Andy Garcia and led off the big finale number, singing part of a verse before being joined by the film’s entire cast, just like in the original (as I am not going to spoil anything, I’m not saying what song, but it was definitely a recognizable and beloved ABBA hit.) So, basically, I felt owed.
Thankfully, the 72-year-old diva will be blessing our ears with more ABBA covers, as she announced on Tuesday’s Today Show that she was planning on releasing a full album of songs. In an interview with Kathie Lee Gifford, Cher revealed, “After I did ‘Fernando’ [in the movie] I thought it would really be fun to do an album of ABBA songs, so I did.” She added that she is putting her own spin on the tunes, explaining, “It’s not what you would think of when you think of ABBA, ’cause I did it in a different way.”
Cher isn’t a stranger to covers. Her take on the 1964′s “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)” from the Mermaids soundtrack was a huge hit and her cover of Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis” was the standout from her 1995 album It’s a Man’s World, where she also covered “Not Enough Love in the World” by Don Henley and James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.”
In the interview, Cher also talked about making MM2, calling it “one of the most extraordinary adventures of my life.” She admitted she was a fan coming into the project, confessing, “I was a huge fan, I saw the musical on Broadway three times and was dancing in the aisles with everybody.” When asked why she hasn’t been on the screen in a while, she said that “I believe what belongs to you, comes to you and I would have never thought that this belonged to me, but obviously, it did.”
I am so excited to hear Cher take on more ABBA tunes. I am also taking a picture of her from MM2 to my hairdresser because that hairdo is everything (and yes, I know it’s a wig, but the cut and color is fabulous). And for my last word on the new movie, if you liked the first one, go see this. It was a fun 90 minutes, as long as you take it for the fun, fluffy popcorn movie it is. Colin Firth is still adorable, Julie Walters is still hilarious and Pierce Brosnan hardly sings!
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