One of the hardest things I tend to have a hard time with are musical sequels. They easily can be terrible or mess up the original. However, in most recent years, I have some sequels that actually have worked. I decided to talk about some of my favorite sequels today.
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
Part of why this worked is Lily James as Donna. The ONLY role I saw her in was Cinderella-so I did not know if she could work in a musical movie or not, but I loved her as Cinderella so I knew she was an amazing actress. It in so many ways was BOTH a prequel and a sequel (it went in the past before Sophie was born and a continuation of Sophie’s story). All of the songs were still ABBA-all Mamma Mia stories had to do that. Just like I was talking about Lily James, I still was loving Amanda Seyfried as Sophie.
Mary Poppins Returns
This ALL felt like a Mary Poppins story. It still had the magic and still had that animation sequence. It still was a different story, but still felt like a Mary Poppins story. Took place at the same house, loved the new Banks kids, this time instead of jumping into a chalk picture it was a bowl. For the songs- there was a song that felt like “Step in Time”, etc. Loved who took the place of Bert and so on.
When I found out about this movie becoming a sequel, I became nervous the most. Of course, I knew they had the right actors/actresses. But did not know if they could even make an amazing sequel at all. But the sequel proved me wrong in so many ways. The new setting, the songs, the spirits, etc…..made me fall in love with the sequel.