In Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Meryl Streep Is A Goddamn Ghost
The original Mamma Mia centered around Meryl Streep's character, Donna, yet in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, she's totally dead. How? For some insane reason, this question is never even addressed, though her untimely demise would have had to have occurred fairly recently. Audiences were likely surprised that Donna died offscreen between movies, partly because Streep is front and center on the film's poster. But to be fair, she does show up at the end ... as a G-G-G-GHOST!
Universal PicturesThough, being Meryl Streep, she could've accidentally walked onto set while checking her phone and still gotten top billing.
This movie left some critics wondering if it even took place in our reality, with one positing that it takes place in some kind of afterlife dimension full of ABBA tunes -- which, now that we're saying it, we realize is in fact Hell. For starters, time seems to have no meaning in these movies. In Here We Go Again's flashbacks, we learn that young Donna graduated college in 1979. So Donna's trysts with her three mystery men, as recounted in the first movie, happened that summer. That means her daughter Sophie was born around 1980. Sophie is 20 in the first movie, meaning the original Mamma Mia took place in the year 2000, even though it was made in 2008. While there's nothing in the first movie that contradicts this, bizarrely, Here We Go Again is specifically set five years later. Meaning that it takes place in 2005, despite the fact that people use iPhones and tablets that wouldn't be on the market for years to come.
Universal PicturesOf course, it's also a 2005 where everybody still cares about ABBA, so maybe the alternate reality idea holds water.